23 May 2016
The launch of the world's first quantum space satellite developed by China is scheduled for July, according to the project's Chief Scientist Pan Jianwei. According to the physicist, cited by the People's Daily Online, the quantum network will connect Beijing, Jinan, Hefei and Shanghai among other cities spanning a 2,000-kilometer (1,243 miles) area.
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19 May 2016
China plans to launch 30 Beidou navigation satellites during the 13th five-year plan period (2016-2020), capping its three-step strategy to build a global navigation system by 2020. The first batch of 18 satellites will be launched before 2018 to cover countries along the routes in "the Belt and Road" initiative, said Ran Chengqi, Director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, during the China Satellite Navigation Conference, which opened on 18 May 2016.
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17 May 2016
The first and only Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu has praised China's openness to space cooperation with all nations. Prunariu said young European astronauts are getting prepared to cooperate with China on space missions, as they have begun to take Chinese language lessons besides their training. Right now, cooperation with China takes place within the ASE, of which six Chinese astronauts have become members and China's first astronaut Yang Liwei has become a member of the executive board, according to 63-year-old Prunariu.
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15 May 2016
China has successfully launched a Yaogan-30 remote-sensing satellite into orbit to carry out land surveys and assist with disaster relief efforts. A Chinese Long March-2D rocket carried the satellite into space Sunday morning from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China's Gobi desert. Scientists will use the Yaogan-30 to conduct land surveys, estimate crop yields, collect information for disaster relief efforts and carry out experiments in space.
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17 May 2016
Chinese scientists,among them Guo Huadong, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), proposed an international scientific cooperation programme for Earth observation to support the Belt and Road Initiative. The "digital Silk Road" proposal, aimed at providing statistics and environmental information for the Belt and Road Initiative and support decision making, was put forward at an international symposium in Beijing on Earth observation for the Belt and Road. The event was attended by over 300 Earth observation scholars and experts from more than 40 countries and regions along the Belt and Road, as well as international organizations such as UNESCO.
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15 May 2016
The "Long March 7" rocket has arrived at the harbor in the city of Wenchang after a 6-day journey at sea from Tianjin. What distinguishes it, is a brand new power system. Also, as Wang Xiaojun,Director General of the Long March 7 carrier rocket project from China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology explains, big challenges comes from the climate in Hainan. "We have to deal with the high temperatures, high humidity and the salty mist, while the high humidity poses the biggest challenge. The temperature of liquid oxygen is kept at minus 183 degrees Celsius. After filling it into the propellant, the low temperature together with the moist air will cause condensation and the rocket will be covered with dew." The rocket is expected to be the main rocket used in the transporting of cargo for China's planned space station.
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