27 May 2020
China Satellite Communications Company Limited (ChinaSat) is the leading satellite operator in China, with a fleet of more than 10 satellites in geostationary orbit. The company has for decades broadcast central and provincial government TV channels, as well as some foreign channels, across China and broader APAC on a fleet of Chinese-built satellites. This business model is a well-established one... ChinaSat also conducted an IPO last year, floating around 9% of the company’s share capital on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. This was a big deal in China, with ChinaSat being one of the rare examples of a well-established space company offering shares for public trading. In the ~11 months since, though, we have found that apparently it was a much, much bigger deal than originally expected. How so, you ask? Blaine Curcio of Orbital Gateway Consulting is providing the answer in a blog post on westeastspace.com.
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26 May 2020
Renowned Chinese space scientist and planetary physicist Wan Weixing died of illness in Beijing, an official statement said. He was 62. Besides being the lead scientist of China's Mars exploration mission, Wan was an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a member of the Central Committee of the Jiusan Society, and a member of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress.
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23 May 2020
"In developing the new-generation manned spaceship, it feels obvious that China has significantly improved its manufacturing of spacecraft, especially if you compare our latest efforts with the Shenzhou spacecraft," said Zhang Bainan, chief designer of the trial version of China's new-generation manned spaceship. China's aerospace technology level is cutting-edge in the world, and the development of many other spacecraft and satellites benefited from improvements in our manufacturing ability, he added. During an interview with CCTV in March 2019, Zhang said he was doing something that had never been done by anyone else as he had previously followed other countries' experience which was less risky and led to a higher success rate. Now that China's aerospace technology is approaching the world's advanced level, its designers are facing more decisive risks.
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21 May 2020
Researchers using China's new Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), the largest single-dish scope in the world, are piecing together a technological strategy to carry out a major and sweeping search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).
What if China someday announces that this hunt has been successful? How would such a claim be verified, and what might the consequences be? And could an unofficial international SETI race already be underway? Space.com asked several SETI authorities to flesh out the implications of China being the first nation to get a ping from ET.
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First SETI Observations with China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST)

21 May 2020
The First Expert Group Meeting on Ground Station Networking of SMMS (Small Multi-Mission Satellites) Constellation Programme was held from 11-13 May 2020 through teleconference. Experts and officials from Bangladesh, China, Iran, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey and the project management team from APSCO Secretariat participated in the meeting. Discussions on the Implementation Proposal of Ground Station Networking of SMMS Constellation Programme were carried out based on recommendations, comments and review item discrepancies raised by the experts from Member States.
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22 May 2020
As the first satellite of the Hongyun Project, a low-orbit broadband communication satellite system developed by CASIC, it has completed more than 180 communication tests, worked stably for more than 8,800 hours, carried out more than 5,000 instructions and conducted more than 20 in-orbit observation tests on a spectral thermometer.
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