26 January 2022
A CZ-4C rocket took off at 7:44 BJT from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China and placed the L-SAR 01A satellite into a 600 km orbit. The SAST-built satellite, equipped with L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), will be used to monitor the geological environment, landslides and earthquakes. The L-SAR 01B is scheduled to be launched at the end of February. China's L-SAR 01 is a satellite group composed of 2 satellites (L-SAR 01A and L-SAR 01B). Enabling a wide coverage and high spatial resolution, the L-SAR satellite project will help reduce China's dependence on foreign data in fields such as geology, earthquake monitoring and emergency support, said the administration.
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25 January 2022
SpaceOS III - a new-generation operating system for spacecraft - developed by the Beijing Institute of Control Engineering under China Academy of Space Technology was released. The operating system has independent intellectual property rights. Earlier versions of SpaceOS have been used in more than 300 spacecraft. According to SpaceOS developers, the system boasts outstanding reliability and security. It can meet the different requirements of crewed spaceflight, satellite communication, deep space exploration, and satellite constellation.
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25 January 2022
A health check on all 52 in-orbit satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System has been completed, according to the Xi'an Satellite Control Centre. The satellites met all key indicators, meaning the constellation can provide services without issue. The evaluation was conducted without interrupting the satellites' usual navigation services, and developers and users were invited to participate in the process.
In addition to the assessment, a tailor-made maintenance plan was drawn up for each satellite to ensure operational efficiency.
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21 January 2022
The Federal Register, a daily journal of US federal government activity, published a document showing that the US government decided to impose sanctions on 3 Chinese companies on 21 January local time. The sanctions apply to CASC - China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. First Academy; CASIC - China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. Fourth Academy; and Poly Technologies Inc. (PolyTech - PTI) and their subsidiaries.
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Link to the original, full comment by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian on 21 January (answer to 6th question (by China News Service))

24 January 2022
This week, Jean Deville and Blaine Curcio are trying to find an answer to the question: "Will 2022 be the year of massive Chinese smallsat deployment?" Another part of the discussion is dedicated to the new variant of the Long March 8 rocket - the CZ-8A. More news can be found in their weekly newsletter.
And if you like to support Jean and Blaine, maybe you would like to buy them a coffee?
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21 January 2022
The container with the parts of the 2nd CZ-8 launcher left Tianjin one week ago by ship and arrived at Qinglan port on Hainan island. From there, the hardware was transported to Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the morning of 21 January. The rocket will be reassembled at the centre and undergo final tests before taking off in late February or early March. The CZ-8 is the youngest member of the Long March rocket family and can launch from land or sea. It conducted its 1st flight in December 2020 from Wenchang. Its main task is to place satellites into SSO to serve the increasing demand from commercial satellite companies. The CZ-8 could also launch from Jiuquan.
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