Cooperation on Belgium-China Earth Observation programme

24 June 2015
Increased collaboration between Belgium and China in the field of satellite technology can put both nations "at the forefront" of delivering vital information globally, according to State Secretary of Science Policy Elke Sleurs. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and China National Space Administration (CNSA) in the field of space sciences, technologies and applications was signed in Beijing on Tuesday. In the pipeline is the Earth Observation program, which aims to design and build a joint Belgian-Chinese satellite mission "with the full potential to put both nations at the forefront in delivering exclusive agricultural and environmental information worldwide," said Sleurs in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.
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related: King Philippe of Belgium visits Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing
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Bolivia's Chinese-made satellite brings high revenue

24 June 2015
Bolivia's Chinese-made Tupac Katari satellite has generated 16 million U.S. dollars of income in a little more than a year in orbit, the Bolivian News Agency (ABI) director of the Bolivian Space Agency (ABE) Ivan Zambrana told reporters on 24 June. "Last year we were close to 10 million dollars and so far this year, we must be around 6 million dollars," said Zambrana.
Bolivia's first satellite, named after a historical figure, was launched on 20 December 2013 from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center and began operating commercially in April 2014, following a series of tests.
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China developed improved space docking technology

22 June 2015
According to Chinese space experts they have developed the world's most sensitive "eye" that enables more efficient and safe autonomous rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft that are flying eight times faster than bullets.
The "eye" is China's newly developed third-generation rendezvous and docking CCD optical imaging sensor. It will be used on China's second orbiting space lab, Tiangong 2, the Chang'e 5 lunar probe and the permanent manned Chinese Space Station, according to China Academy of Space Technology - CAST.
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RSC Energia may offer to sell China mobile maritime launch platform

16 June 2015
Moscow-based spacecraft and space station component manufacturer SP Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) intend to sell a mobile maritime launch platform intended for equatorial launches. A Russian analyst said China is interested in buying the platform as it has a port in the South China Sea near the equator - a presumed reference to the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center under construction on the southern island province of Hainan.
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Chinese engineers propose theoretical solution to avoid loss of signal during spacecraft re-entry

16 June 2015
Space.com is reporting about a study by Xiaotian Gao and Binhao Jiang from Harbin Institute of Technology. The two experts suggest an innovative approach to avoid communication blackout during spacecraft re-entry.
The basic idea is to use resonance for amplifying radio signals so that they become strong enough to propagate through the surrounding plasma.
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Link to the article "A matching approach to communicate through the plasma sheath surrounding a hypersonic vehicle" in Journal of Applied Physics no 117...


Could China and the U.S. go together to space?

16 June 2015
In an article on his space.com web page, Leonard David is looking into the prospective of a possible future space cooperation between China and the U.S.
He asked John Logsdon, professor emeritus of political science and international affairs at The George Washington University's Space Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., Marcia Smith, U.S. space policy analyst and editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com, and Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island abouth their views on that question.
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