Work completed on satellite launch center in Hainan

18 October 2014

Construction of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province, China’s fourth and most advanced space launch center, has been completed and it will soon become operational, People’s Daily reported on Friday. The center is designed to handle next-generation rockets and space station modules. Building work began in 2009. Situated on the northeast coast of Hainan, about 60 km from Haikou, the provincial capital, the center is the country’s first coastal satellite launch base. The location, about 19 degrees north of the equator, is suitable for launching geosynchronous satellites, heavy satellites, large space station components and lunar and interplanetary missions. Geosynchronous satellites orbit in a fixed position above Earth.

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Chinese scientist proposes new scientific satellites

15 October 2014

A Chinese scientist has proposed a series of satellites to monitor "global change," or planetary-scale changes concerning the Earth. Speaking at the ongoing Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium in Beijing, Guo Huadong, dean of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, suggested six satellites to monitor global change as well as observation technology based on the moon.

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China, Italy vow to enhance security, legal cooperation

15 October 2014

China and Italy on Wednesday vowed to strengthen cooperation in a host of areas including security and law enforcement to further cement bilateral relations. [...] The document says that the two countries have also agreed to deepen cooperation on science and technology innovation in a bid to realize mutual benefits and win-win results. China and Italy have reached consensus on strengthening cooperation in five prioritized areas, ranging from energy conservation and environmental protection, to food security and aviation and space, says the document.

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See also the Cooperation agreement signed between ASI and CSNA in July this year: ASI Press Release.

China Readies Moon Mission for Launch Next Week

14 October 2014

Space.com columnist Leonard David provides an extensive report about China's next lunar mission, Chang'e 4 which is supposed to be launched on October 23 from the Satellite Launch Center in Xichang. The main goal for this mission is to test and validate technologies such as atmospheric re-entry for the future rover mission Chang'e 5 which goal it will be to collect samples -and-return-to-Earth mission.

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related news: All Systems on Go! for China's Moon Mission

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Open innovation important in promoting common development, prosperity: Chinese premier

14 October 2014

As economic globalization and informatization advance, all countries need to work together to achieve multiplication of knowledge and value through innovation cooperation, so as to solve development problems and promote common prosperity, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening ceremony of an international forum themed "open innovation" in Moscow, Russiaon Tuesday. [...] He also said cooperation between China and Russia in the field of aerospace has always been an important component of the strategic cooperation between the two countries, urging the two sides to strengthen cooperation in such areas as carrier rocket, manned space mission and the development of satellites. Medvedev, for his part, said Russia welcomes more Chinese enterprises to open branches in the Skolkovo Innovation Center, Russia's Silicon Valley located in Moscow.

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The role of international cooperation in China’s space station plans

13 October 2014

Following the participation of several Chinese at the most recent International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, Canada, Spacenews-Columnist Jeff Foust offers a comprehensive assessment about the possible participation of international entities in China's space station plans. “The Chinese people stand ready to work together with people from all over the world,” said Zhou Lini of the Center for National Security and Strategic Studies at China’s National University of Defense Technology in a presentation at the IAC on September 30. [...] Zhou suggested that China would be open to having other nations contribute modules to the station. “China’s space station will still have three docking locations for other modules,” she said, referring to three unoccupied docking ports on that central node. Those modules, she said, could either be developed by other nations independently, or jointly with China. “US, Russia, ESA, and Japan may all have the ability to develop experiment modules and collaborate with China,” she said.

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