12 July 2019
Hong Kong is one of the world’s truly global cities. Long an entrepot focusing on trade, starting in the 1970s and 1980s, Hong Kong became a center for regional broadcast, and in the 1990s, a center for satellite communications. Indeed, this city of under 8 million people is home to no less than 3 satellite operators (arguably 4), as well as the largest satellite service provider in the world (ABS, APT Satellite, AsiaSat, and arguably GapSat, and SpeedCast, respectively). Although many of the broadcasters have left Hong Kong for places such as Singapore, the satellite operators remain, and while they are putting less emphasis on the small, terrestrially-connected Hong Kong market, they are beginning to evolve in a satellite market that increasingly demands rapid evolution.
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12 September 2019
On 12 September, China sent a the resource satellite, ZY-1 02D, and two small satellites, Ice-Pathfinder (also known as BNU-1) of Beijing Normal University and Taurus 1 of Shanghai ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ltd. into planned orbits from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre. They were launched on a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 11:26 h (Beijing Time). ZY-1 02D will provide observation data for natural resources asset management, ecological monitoring, disaster prevention and control, environmental protection, urban construction, transportation and contingency management. Ice Pathfinder is dedicating to the observation of key channel area in polar region. The second small sat, Taurus 1 is designed and manufactured by Shanghai ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ltd. It is a satellite for in-orbit verification of de-orbit sun solar sail payload.
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06 September 2019
On 23 August 2019, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), and Indonesia PT. Satelit Nusantara Tiga (SNT) signed a contract for 13M RF front-end system for Ka-band Gateway to serve a new high-throughput satellite over Indonesia. Prior to this contract, on 27 June 2019, CGWIC signed the contract to provide 9M RF front-end system for C- and Ku-band gateways with PSN for Nusantara Dua Satellite (formerly PALAPA-N1).
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31 August 2019
The Chinese government has released names of individuals who will be will be recognized for the first time in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Among them are three space scientists: Sun Jiadong made contributions to the country’s satellite technologies and space exploration. He was chief designer of both the Beidou navigation system and China’s lunar exploration project. Ye Peijian specialised in deep-space exploration at the China Academy of Space Technology. He is known as the father of the Chang’e lunar probes. Nan Rendong was the founder of the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) project.
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11 September 2019
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Russia from 16 to 18 September, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng announced at a press briefing on 9 September. Le said the China-Russia relationship is now a major-country relationship featuring the highest degree of mutual trust, coordination and strategic value. He also added: "Both sides have decided to hold China-Russia year of scientific and technological innovation from 2020 to 2021 [in China and Russia in turns], and the two countries' Heads of State have reached consensus on increasing the bilateral trade volume to $200 billion by 2024."
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full information: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Holds a Briefing for Chinese and Foreign Media on Premier Li Keqiang's Official Visit to Russia and Holding of the 24th Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister

11 September 2019
In an article for EarthSky, Paul Scott Anderson had a closer look on the information which is so far known about the “gel-like” substance Yutu 2 rover has discovered in a crater on the far side of the Moon. He states: "It sounds intriguing, but details are still scarce." However, he makes a qualified evaluation of the possible options and hopes that soon better details will become available.
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