11 September 2014
Overall, there's more good news than bad news in the latest batch of media releases from China. The human spaceflight program is still on track. It's moving slowly, but this is typical of the way China runs things. We just need to be patient. It will be worth the wait.
For an official outline of the CSS programme, please, check the presentation given by China during the latest session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Chinese Space Station and International Cooperation
Information can also be found in the latest issue of "GoTaikonauts!". - see section "e-Magazine iPad App"
08 September 2014
A Long March-4B carrier rocket carrying the Yaogan-21 remote sensing satellite blasted off from the launch pad at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province, 08 September 2014. China successfully launched the Yaogan-21 remote sensing satellite into pre-set orbit at 11:22 a.m. Beijing Time (03:22 GMT)
04 September 2014
Mr. Sheng Tianxing, 41, a tea trader from the southeastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, paid $100,000, about a third of his annual income, for a seat on a rocket that will carry him into space. Already, more than 30 mainland Chinese have purchased or made down payments of 50 percent on tickets for journeys offered by XCOR Aerospace, a company based in Mojave, Calif., that plans to begin operating suborbital flights late next year.
04 September 2014
The Heads of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Oleg Ostapenko and the Head of China’s Satellite Navigation Office, Ran Chengqi held a meeting on 3 September in Beijing to discuss close cooperation on their respective national navigation systems. Both countries expressed already earlier their wish to built ground stations on each other's territories.