09 January 2017
The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on 9 January. The JL-1 is a multifunctional remote-sensing satellite providing high-definition video images which is expected to be used for land resource and forestry surveying, environmental protection, transport and disaster prevention and relief purposes. The XY-S1 and Caton-1 are experimental satellites to test technologies of low-orbit narrow-band communication and VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) respectively.
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06 January 2017
China successfully launched the No.2 telecommunication technology test satellite late night on 5 January 2017 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite was launched at 11:18 p.m. by a Long March-3B carrier rocket.
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05 January 2017
Chinese scientists are drawing a 1:2.5 million scale geological map of the Moon. Ouyang Ziyuan, first Chief Scientist of China's lunar exploration program, said five universities and research institutes have set standards for digital mapping and drawing of the Moon's geological structure. A sketch version of the map, 4.36 meters by 2.2 meters, will be finished by 2018, and released by 2020.
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27 December 2016
China aims to become a space power, according to a White Paper on the nation's space activities issued on 27 December. The White Paper, titled "China's Space Activities in 2016," was the fourth White Paper on the country's space activities issued by the State Council Information Office, following the previous three in 2000, 2006 and 2011. "The White Paper sets out our vision of China as a space power, independently researching, innovating, discovering and training specialist personnel," said Wu Yanhua, Deputy Head of the China National Space Administration at a press conference.
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full text of the document: China's Space Activities in 2016

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The White Paper summarised in an infographic

27 and 28 December 2016
In a two part-article published on "Breaking Defense", Joan Johnson-Freese and Theresa Hitchens are challenging the predominant media rhetoric of an imminent war in space to which the U.S. might be forced because of Chinese on-going efforts in the militarisation of space. The two authors are comparing the fantasies of recent TV reports with the facts and analyse, how at all the star-wars-rhetoric could come into place. Also, they are explaining a set of diplomatic actions which could be taken to avoid conflict in space and to keep the space environment usable for future generations: "A key aspect of these diplomatic efforts must be our coming to terms with China"
Part 1: Stop The Fearmongering Over War In Space: The Sky’s Not Falling
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Part 2: Stopping The Slide Towards A War In Space: The Sky’s Not Falling
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28 December 2016
China launched a pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution remote sensing satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province on 28 December. The satellites, SuperView-1 01/02, blasted off at 11:23 a.m. Beijing time on the back of a Long March 2D rocket, according to the center. They are able to provide commercial images at 0.5-meter resolution.
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Chinese Earth observation satellites launched into lower-than-planned orbit
28 December 2016
Two commercial Earth-imaging satellites launched by a Chinese Long March 2D booster Wednesday are flying in lower-than-planned orbits after an apparent rocket mishap, according to tracking data published by the U.S. military.
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New Amateur Radio FM Transponder CubeSat Now in Space
29 December 2016
The BY70-1 CubeSat launched on 28 December from the Taiyuan Space Launch Center in China, but in a lower orbit than intended. The satellite carries an Amateur Radio FM transponder. BY70-1 was intended to go into a 530-kilometer (approximately 329-mile) circular Sun-synchronous orbit, but it appears the orbit is 524 × 212 kilometers, which will give the spacecraft an orbital lifetime of just a month or two.
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