Zhuhai Air Show under the banner of Russian-Chinese friendship

22 November 2014
Roscomos is reporting about the numerous fruitful meetings with Chinese colleagues during the 10th Zhuhai Airshow - Airshow China from 11 - 16 November 2014. The official press release by Roscosmos states that the exhibition was held under the banner of Russian-Chinese friendship. At the numerous Russian exhibitions stands, Chinese experts looked for new technical solutions. NPO Lavochkin could sign a contract with CGWI on the development of heat pipes for China's meteorological satellites. ISS - Reshetnev Company was approached for a solution to increase the payload of launch vehicles without increasing its overall weight. Oleg Ostapenko, Head of Roscomos, listed many topics of joint talks such as: development of the navigation systems, remote sensing, issues related to research activities, lunar programme and the opportunity to participate in the programmes of Chinese colleagues. How and in what areas we will share our capabilities with the Chinese colleagues - this is subject of the ongoing negotiation process, stressed Ostapenko.
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PLA female pilots aspire to become China’s next generation of astronauts

23 November 2014
China's drive to correct the gender imbalance in the military is beginning to bear fruit. Every time a female military hero appears they draw great attention from the public, such as the female soldiers marching in formation for the National Day parade and the country's first female astronaut Liu Yang who flew on the Shenzhou space missions. The air force has been training female pilots for more than six decades, however, women piloting fighter jets is a recent development.
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Second launch within 24 hours - China launches new disaster monitoring satellite

21 November 2014
A satellite for natural disaster monitoring was successfully launched into orbit at 2:37 p.m. on 21 November, China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center announced. The satellite Kuaizhou II, or Speedy Vessel II, will be used to monitor natural disasters and provide disaster-relief information. The satellite was carried by a small launch vehicle bearing the same name as the vessel Kuaizhou. China launched the first Kuaizhou satellite in September last year.
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Design of probe unveiled to land on asteroid and protect Earth from catastrophic impact

14 November 2014

Chinese scientists have unveiled designs for a spacecraft that could help deflect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, China News Services has reported. The probe would land on Apophis, a 46 million tonne asteroid, and collect data to help develop a “solar sail” technique to prevent it from hitting our planet, according to researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing, Jiangsu. [...] The sail – weighing just 10kg but with a large area – would help deflect the asteroid from its collision course by harnessing the power of solar wind. But the Tsinghua proposal faced numerous technical difficulties.

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China launches Yaogan-24 remote sensing satellite

20 November 2014
China sent the Yaogan-24 remote sensing satellite into a scheduled orbit at 3:12 p.m. on Thursday from the Jiuquan satellite launch center. Yaogan satellites will mainly be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief. The Yaogan-24 was carried by a Long March-2D rocket, the 199th mission for the Long March rocket family.
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Russia, China to set up joint venture to promote satellite navigation services

14 November 2014

Russia and China will create a joint venture to promote services based on Russia’s GLONASS and China’s Beidou satellite navigation systems worldwide, a spokesman for non-commercial partnership GLONASS Union, the Russian system's only operator, said on Friday. “A Russian-Chinese center for implementation of satellite navigation technologies for civilian use will be set up to perform administrative work to establish a joint venture by the end of the year,” the spokesman said. “The center will become a supervisory body, identifying key areas of the future joint venture, and will address all issues connected with its establishment.”

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