12 December 2017
German high-tech company Pfeiffer Vacuum signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Lanzhou Institute of Physics (LIP). As one of the founders of the Chinese Vacuum Society, the Lanzhou Institute of Physics is a pioneer in vacuum technology in China. LIP is also one of the first institutes in China which has been directly engaged in satellite and spacecraft development and is therefore a part of the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) since 1968. Pfeiffer Vacuum and LIP will cooperate in research and development to create vacuum solutions for aerospace applications, vacuum metrology, vacuum calibration and other applications. Before, on 17 October 2017, the LIP-Pfeiffer Vacuum Joint Center for Vacuum Technology was established in Lanzhou, Gansu province.
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11 December 2017
China launched Algeria's first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early morning of 11 December. The satellite was the first cooperative project in aerospace industry between the two countries. It will be used by Algeria for broadcast and television, emergency communication, distance education, e-governance, enterprise communication, broadband access and satellite-based navigation.
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08 December 2017
Chinese scientists have turned the final stage of a launch rocket, which is discarded in space after sending a satellite into orbit, into a smart application platform by fitting it with intelligent chips. A program carried out by Shanghai-based Fudan University installed several intelligent chips on the final stage of the Long March 4C rocket, which sent the Fengyun-3D satellite into orbit in November.
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07 December 2017
China Great Wall Industry Corp, the country's largest space contractor on the international market, is considering using existing overseas launch facilities or building new ones in foreign territories to lift Chinese carrier rockets, Yin Liming, the company's president, said on the sidelines of the fifth China Space Forum held by the company in Beijing. He said too that working with foreign nations to use or construct launchpads or launch centers will strengthen China's international space cooperation.
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08 December 2017
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has announced that Pakistan will be able to send astronauts into space with the collaboration of China in the next two years.
He was addressing the inauguration session of AirTech’17 conference, hosted by Air University in Islamabad on 07 December, according to a statement issued by Pakistan Air force (PAF). In his keynote address on ‘Leadership, Education and Society Development’, he said that the purpose of an education system must be to introduce latest technologies and contribute something positive for the betterment of society as a whole.
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05 December 2017
A Moon base could support bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who announced the plan at an international symposium in Shanghai at the end of November. Such a station could slash the costs of returning rock samples to Earth, Jiao Weixin, a Peking University space science professor, told Chinese media. A sustainable station would enhance lunar geography studies and "have better energy efficiency than lunar rovers as the station can deploy a much bigger solar power-generator," he said.
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