14 October 2014
As economic globalization and informatization advance, all countries need to work together to achieve multiplication of knowledge and value through innovation cooperation, so as to solve development problems and promote common prosperity, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening ceremony of an international forum themed "open innovation" in Moscow, Russiaon Tuesday. [...] He also said cooperation between China and Russia in the field of aerospace has always been an important component of the strategic cooperation between the two countries, urging the two sides to strengthen cooperation in such areas as carrier rocket, manned space mission and the development of satellites. Medvedev, for his part, said Russia welcomes more Chinese enterprises to open branches in the Skolkovo Innovation Center, Russia's Silicon Valley located in Moscow.
14 October 2014
Space.com columnist Leonard David provides an extensive report about China's next lunar mission, Chang'e 4 which is supposed to be launched on October 23 from the Satellite Launch Center in Xichang. The main goal for this mission is to test and validate technologies such as atmospheric re-entry for the future rover mission Chang'e 5 which goal it will be to collect samples -and-return-to-Earth mission.
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13 October 2014
Following the participation of several Chinese at the most recent International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, Canada, Spacenews-Columnist Jeff Foust offers a comprehensive assessment about the possible participation of international entities in China's space station plans. “The Chinese people stand ready to work together with people from all over the world,” said Zhou Lini of the Center for National Security and Strategic Studies at China’s National University of Defense Technology in a presentation at the IAC on September 30. [...] Zhou suggested that China would be open to having other nations contribute modules to the station. “China’s space station will still have three docking locations for other modules,” she said, referring to three unoccupied docking ports on that central node. Those modules, she said, could either be developed by other nations independently, or jointly with China. “US, Russia, ESA, and Japan may all have the ability to develop experiment modules and collaborate with China,” she said.
10 October 2014
China's ailing moon rover Yutu has entered its 11th dormancy as the lunar night falls, with its functions degrading gracefully, its designer said Friday. The rover is currently in good condition and works normally, but its control problem persists, said Yu Dengyun, deputy chief designer of China's lunar probe mission. "Yutu has gone through freezing lunar nights under abnormal status, and its functions are gradually degrading," Yu told Xinhua at an exclusive interview.