18 November 2014
China is planning for its Mars exploration mission with preliminary research already underway, a senior space official said. "We are working to have the government include the Mars exploration project in the country's space agenda," Tian Yulong, secretary-general of the China National Space Administration, told China Daily on Monday. "Meanwhile, we have started the preliminary research for the Mars mission." His remarks came less than a week after China made public a prototype model of its Mars rover at the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, which closed on Sunday in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.
17 November 2014
China will always abide by international space law and is making great efforts to introduce its own laws in 2020, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said on Monday. Xu Dazhe, director of the CNSA, said the country has already made policies and regulations in the administration of civil space launch, registration of space objects and reduction and prevention of space debris, at the 2014 Workshop on Space Law. "National space law has been listed in the national legislation plan, and the CNSA is drafting the law," said Tian Yulong, secretary-general of the CNSA.
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13 November 2014
China should develop a new-generation heavy-lift launch system that is even more powerful than the Long March 5, which is under development and will send the nation's manned space station in to orbit, industry insiders have urged. "It is a must for us to develop a more powerful heavy-lift rocket if we want to reach and explore deep space," Zhang Zhi, a senior rocket researcher at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, told China Daily on Wednesday as he attended the ongoing 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.
15 November 2014
China launched the Yaogan-23 remote sensing satellite into scheduled orbit at 2:53 a.m. on Saturday Beijing Time from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The satellite will mainly be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief. It was carried by a Long March-2C rocket, marking the 198th mission for the Long March rocket family.