25 June 2019
China sent a new satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province on 25 June at 2:09 BJT. Launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket, the satellite was sent to the inclined geosynchronous earth orbit. It is the 46th satellite of the BDS satellite family and the 21st satellite of the BDS-3 system.
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23 June 2019
Chinese astronomers plan to use the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) to search for birthplaces of new suns so they can better understand how stars and life substances are formed. "The high sensitivity of FAST and its advantage in sky coverage will enable us to study the molecular clouds in the Milky Way, as well as in the Andromeda Galaxy, adjacent to our galaxy," Li Di, Chief Scientist of FAST said. "We also plan to cooperate with the Milky Way Image Scroll Project of the Purple Mountain Observatory to catch the dark clouds at birth, and to study how many new suns will be born in our galaxy."
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19 June 2019
China's spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang 3 sails in the waters near the equator on June 19, 2019. Yuanwang 3 has crossed the equator on 18 June at 23:09 Beijing Time (1509 GMT , 18 June) and continued its sail for the southern Pacific Ocean for upcoming satellite maritime monitoring missions.
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18 June 2019
Guo Rui, director of Yangling Seeds Corporation, leads a state-funded space breeding center founded in August 2018 in China's northwestern province of Shaanxi. The center's mission is to cultivate high-quality crop and tree seeds to curb the expansion of the Gobi Desert. The next satellite, carrying seeds into orbit, is set to be launched within a year. Extraterrestrial conditions such as high radiation, low temperature, and zero gravity enable the production of seed variations that are superior in both quality and output, Guo explained. Space breeding involves sending seeds attached to a satellite into orbit for a few days. Then upon their return to Earth, mutated seeds are selected, based on favorable genetic traits, ranging from resistance to extreme weather to extra nutrients, and planted. "The cultivation period of such high-quality seeds is reduced from eight years to four years," Guo added.
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18 June 2019
A space breeding center in Shaanxi province is cultivating plants with space breeding technology so as to upgrade ordinary seeds and resist the dry climate in northwest China.
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17 June 2019
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), one of the Fortune Global 500 firms, showcases its cutting-edge technology at Paris, including launch vehicles and satellites. As latest generation launch vehicles, LM-7, together with LM-8 and LM-11, are displayed in the CASC booth. On China-EU space cooperation, Liu Qiang, Chairman of CGWIC, said that China's space industry attaches great importance to its relations with the European space industry. China and Europe have established extensive cooperation in the fields of launch services, satellites, manned space and deep space exploration, and it is believed that the two sides will have more space for cooperation in more fields in the future.
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14 June 2019
China's state-of-the-art meteorological service system and Fengyun satellites are great assets for enhancing global meteorological capability, especially for island and African countries, the head of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on 13 June. Speaking during the 18th World Meteorological Congress (WMC) in Geneva, Switzerland, WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas highly valued China's contribution in helping deliver and enhance global meteorological service under the framework of the "Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)."
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