30 June 2016
China has successfully completed the in-space refuel of orbital satellites following last week's launch of a new generation carrier rocket, the National University of Defense Technology announced on 30 June. Similar to air refueling for planes, the process refuels a satellite in orbit in a microgravity environment and will extend a satellite's functional life and boost its maneuver capabilities considerably.
Developed by the university, Tianyuan-1 is the country's first in-space refueling system for orbital satellites. It was launched into orbit aboard the Long March-7 carrier rocket on 25 June. A series of core independent processes were tested and verified after the launch, with data and videos recording the full process sent back to Earth, the university said in a statement. "The injection process was stable, and measurement and control were precise," it said, adding that the test proved that Tianyuan-1 met design requirements. Though an area of great interest, the process is complicated and only a few countries have began experiments.
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29 June 2016
China launched its second Shijian-16 series satellite on 29 June. The satellite was carried by a Long March-4B rocket and took off at 11:21 a.m. from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. The satellite was used for conducting spacial environment detection and technological experiments.
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28 June 2016
The inaugural flight of China's heavy-lift launch vehicle will occur within 15 years if everything goes smoothly, said Yang Baohua, the Deputy Manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC) on 27 June. "We plan to make breakthroughs on key technologies within five years to pave the way for the development of heavy-lift launch vehicles." China needs a heavy-lift launch vehicle with carrying capacity of about 100 tonnes to support manned Moon missions or deep-space explorations.
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25 June 2016
CCTV's reporter has visited the Wenchang satellite launch center and talked to some young engineers contributing to the project. Computers, computers, and more computers. They fill the monitoring hall of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center along with this large data screen. They look overwhelming for an average Chinese, but not for He Liang, who's an engineer there. He came here in 2013 as a member of the 10-man engineering team preparing for the launch of the Long March 7 rocket. The 30-year-old engineer says the average age of his team members is 25 - and for most of them, this launch is their first space mission. A big opportunity but also a big challenge.
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28 June 2016
Australia's leading space analyst, Morris Jones, is examining the accusations made about the "Aolong-1" spacecraft of being an space weapon. Aolong 1 was launched on board the Long March 7 on 25 June and attracted attention in certain media. He comes to the conclusion that: "All things considered, this accusation seems somewhat unfair to the project."
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25 June 2016
The Russian and Chinese governments signed an agreement on measures to protect technologies in connection to cooperation on peaceful space exploration and usage as well as creation and exploitation of launch vehicles and land-based space infrastructure, according to the statement of Roscosmos. The agreement seeks to regulate Russian-Chinese space cooperation on rocket engines and launch vehicles.
According to Roscosmos, the two spacefaring nations are laying groundwork for new forms of space cooperation, which has been on the upswing since 1992.
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