29 April 2016
CCTV America summarises the importance of China's first national Space Day. The report includes an interview with Leroy Chiao, a former U.S. astronaut, and with Yang Yuguang, Professor at the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation. Both are giving some interesting insight into the goals of China's space programme but also on the status of space cooperation between China and the U.S.
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29 April 2016
Lieutenant General Zhang Yulin, Deputy Commander of the China Manned Space Programme and Deputy Head of the Central Military Commission's Equipment Development Department, said it will require 15 to 20 years to land astronauts on the lunar surface using technologies and know-how acquired through the nation's space projects.
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28 April 2016
In March next year, China's space and satellite tracking station in Quintuco, Argentine Patagonia will become operational, according to members from China's Space Agency, who advanced that in June scientists will be mounting the station's antenna to explore outer space.
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27 April 2016
Will Elon Musk and SpaceX be able to keep up with a new generation of private space startups in China? Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, continuing to be a leader in the U.S. private space industry. However, while they are still perfecting their innovative aerospace designs, Chinese startups have begun popping up. And they shouldn’t be taken lightly. Funding and government collaboration could be the key to a successful private space company. And China has a pretty impressive investment portfolio at the moment.
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28 April 2016
U.S. space agency NASA views China as a "potential partner," not a threat, in the civilian space area, said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. He made the remakes at an event hosted by the Washington-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he discussed his agency's role in U.S. international affairs.
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27 April 2016
Chile should consider China as a potential service provider as the South American country needs to replace its sole satellite, said Chilean ambassador to China Jorge Heine.
China is a first-class space power with 110 functioning satellites in orbit, a global satellite navigation system, a high-resolution earth observation system and advanced rockets, Heine wrote in an article in Tuesday's La Tercera daily.
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