25 September 2017
Fengyun-4A satellite, the first of China's second-generation geostationary orbiting weather satellites, was put into operation on 25 September, said the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence. Tests on the satellite platform, payload and ground application system have been completed during its in-orbit operation. The satellite has helped improve the country's weather and climate forecasts, and test results during its in-orbit operation have met targets.
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22 September 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou 1, left its orbit under orders from ground control on 21 September around 6 p.m. Beijing Time. The cargo ship twice put on the breaks, continuously lowering its altitude before burning-up in the atmosphere, all under precise control and close monitoring from the ground. Before leaving orbit, Tianzhou 1 had completed a number of experiments, gaining important experience for the building and operating of China's space station.
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China’s Tianzhou 1 supply vehicle re-enters atmosphere
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22 September 2017
China's Tsinghua University has unveiled a plan to launch 24 microsatellites between 2018 and 2023 to detect short Gamma-ray bursts and help the study of gravitational waves. This programme was jointly initiated by the university and Spacety Research Institute, a Chinese space technology company.
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20 September 2017
The Cold Atom Clock Experiment in Space (CACES) involves trapping, cooling, and probing rubidium atoms within a box that could fit in the trunk of a car. In orbit at an altitude of 400 kilometers, the experiment was launched on board China’s Tiangong-2 space laboratory last September. Now, a year later, it is performing just as expected, according to a paper posted to the arXiv server by scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’s Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics.
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21 September 2017
China is on track to launch its first Mars probe around 2020, and plans call for retrieving soil and rock samples from the red planet before 2030, said Zhang Rongqiao, the mission's Chief Designer. China aims to become the first country to conduct an orbital and surface exploration of Mars in a single mission, he said on Wednesday at an international forum on lunar and deep space exploration in Beijing. The Chinese Mars probe consists of three parts: orbiter, lander and rover. It will carry 13 scientific instruments - seven in the orbiter and six in the rover, he said.
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18 September 2017
Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX's Falcon 9 in the future. Link Space uncovered the design and some basic technical parameters at a recent presentation. The released images show that the first stage of the newly developed launcher could feature a landing system similar to SpaceX's flagship reusable Falcon 9 booster.
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