25 September 2017
Russia’s space agency is considering plans of sending cosmonauts to China’s orbit station currently under construction, Roscosmos Head of Space Programmes, Igor Komarov, told reporters at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia on 25 September. "There have been certain talks on this issue," Komarov said, commenting on whether Russia has received any offers for its cosmonauts to visit China’s orbit station in the future. The Roscosmos Chief said he expects that the parliament will ratify a fundamental law regulating the exchange of technologies in rocket industry within one or two months. "I hope that after this a possibility will open for full-fledged and full-scale cooperation. In many areas a big horizon will open and we see an interest of our partners," he said.
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26 September 2017
Executives from major Chinese robotics and technology firms say Australia's new national space agency will provide excellent opportunities for engagement and cooperation between the two countries. Top Chinese robotics firm UBTech's Chief Strategy Officer, Bruce Ren, said China sees its space program as a national priority and Australia is far closer than other established players. "This is wonderful news," he said of the space agency plan. "China and Australia share an innovation outlook, we are in the same time zone and China has been investing heavily in space technology."
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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 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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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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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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