Xinhua Insight: How China joined the space club

23 April 2015
Today, Chinese news agency, Xinhua, published a brief history of China's satellite programme with some interesting anecdotic insights into the difficulties and hardship faced by the country when developing its first space rocket and satellite.
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17th Beidou navigation satellite functions in orbit

23 April 2015
A new-generation satellite for China's global navigation and positioning network has entered its planned working orbit, the satellite's developer, Shanghai Engineering Center for Microsatellites (SECM), said in a statement. The navigation equipment on the satellite was functioning and its navigation signals were being received on Earth. Launched on 30 March, the satellite is the 17th Beidou navigation satellite system, and will expand the system's coverage substantially. According to Xiangli Bin, the SECM director and Chief Commander for the new-generation Beidou satellite programme, the latest satellite will have a longer life and be more accurate than its predecessors.
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China and Pakistan renew strategic relations - including space cooperation

21 April 2015
During a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Islamabad, China and Pakistan agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in space technology applications, expedite the integration process of remote sensing, telecommunication and navigation technologies for their extensive application in communications, hydrology, geology, disaster management, port management, mineral prospect, food security, water prospect and other areas for seeking potential advantage in social and economic development.
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US is interested in space security cooperation with China and Russia

17 April 2015
US Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose said at the annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs (Colorado) that the US is interested in cooperation with Russia and China in the area of space security. He stressed, that "it is reasonable to assume that most nations, if not all nations, would find it to be in their national interest to prevent conflict from extending into space, ... Convincing other nations, including China and Russia, of this objective is the role of diplomacy."
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China and Russia team up for the development of high-tech innovations

20 April 2015
The Russian Skolkovo Foundation and the Chinese Cybernaut Investment Group will jointly develop, finance, and market high-tech innovations. The result will be a joint Russian-Chinese incubator, robotics center, and $200 million venture fund. The R&D business incubator will be situated at the Skolkovo Innovation Center outside of Moscow, and it will house at least 15 Skolkovo resident companies that are conducting research into information  technology, robotics, space, energy-efficiency technologies, and new materials.
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China to exhibit CZ-5, CZ-7 carrier rockets in Brazil

15 April 2015
China's national Global Times newspaper reports that China is showing off its CZ-5 and CZ-7 Long March next-generation carrier rockets for the first time overseas in an effort to break into the South American market. The CZ-5 and CZ-7, along with the older CZ-2 and CZ-3, will be on display at the LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second biggest city.
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