China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation seeks private partnership

18 December 2014
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. - CASC, the major contractor for China's space programme, invited 1,300 private enterprises to an international forum on advanced aerospace materials and commercialisation in the eastern city of Ningbo. The initiative aims on fostering the development in the Chinese manufacturing sector. The CASC has offered 30 areas to the private sector for developmental partnership, including high-performance metal, organic polymer and electronic information. In the future, it will also promote the commercialization of satellite application, clean energy, energy conservation and high-end equipment technologies.

CMSA and ESA signed Cooperation Agreement

16 December 2014
Wang Zhaoyao, Director of the China Manned Space Agency, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director of European Space Agency signed an agreement concerning cooperation on human spaceflight activities on 11 December in Beijing. Under this Agreement, three potential cooperation areas are identified:
(a) implementation of joint scientific experiments and studies in different fields by utilising in-orbit infrastructures (such as the ISS and CSS - Chinese Space Station) and ground facilities, including space life and physical sciences, microgravity research, space biology and medicine, and technology research;
(b) astronaut selection, training, medical operations and astronaut flights;
(c) space infrastructure cooperation in human exploration of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and beyond.

U.S. is directly sharing space situational awareness information with China

15 December 2014
Gen. John Hyten, Head of US Air Force Space Command, told an audience at an Air Force Association event that Chinese officials, for the first time, have asked that the US share space situational awareness information directly through a military-to-military connection.

China launches Yaogan-25 remote sensing satellite

11 December 2014
China sent the Yaogan-25 remote sensing satellite into a scheduled orbit at 3:33 a.m. on Thursday from the Jiuquan satellite launch center. The Yaogan-25 was carried by a Long March-4C rocket. It was the 201st mission for the Long March rocket technology. Yaogan satellites are mainly used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief.
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China will host first ESA experiment on SJ-10 mission in 2015

12 December 2014
The European "Soret Coefficient in Crude Oil" experiment is currently undergoing testing in ESA’s Technical Centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The experiment will investigate the behaviour of fluids under high pressure and with an imposed temperature gradient to simulate natural conditions of oil reservoirs prior to ground extraction.


China's Beidou satellite navigation system will serve global users by 2020

09 December 2014
The Beidou Navigation Satellite System - China's independently developed global navigation satellite system (GNSS) - will have a constellation of 35 satellites and be ready to provide global users with geo-positioning by 2020. By 2020, China will be the third country to provide a GNSS, said Lei Fanpei, Chairman of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., which is in charge of the research and development, and manufacturing of satellites and rockets for Beidou.
Beidou is the Chinese equivalent of the United States' NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). Currently, Beidou owns 20 satellites.