28 April 2019
A total of 12 million yuan ($1.78 million) of cash will be granted to 12 international scientists for their groundbreaking academic contributions to the fields of quantum computation and quantum communications, according to a press release by the newly founded Micius Quantum Foundation on 26 April.
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01 May 2019
China plans to launch a Long March-11 carrier rocket at sea this year, which is expected to lower the cost of entering space. The rocket has been named "CZ-11 WEY" under an agreement between the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, China Space Foundation and a Chinese automobile producer. The first seaborne rocket launch is scheduled for mid-2019 in the Yellow Sea, said Jin Xin, deputy chief commander of the rocket, at a press conference of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation earlier this year.
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30 April 2019
China successfully sent two Tianhui II-01 satellites into orbit on 30 April at 6:52 h, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The satellites were launched by a Long March 4B carrier rocket, which was the 303rd mission of the Long March series carrier rockets. The satellites will be used for scientific experiments, land resource survey, geographic survey and mapping.
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photos from the launch on ECNS website

27 April 2019
In the near term, China envisions massive constellations of commercial satellites that can offer services ranging from high-speed Internet for aircraft to tracking coal shipments. Universities conducting experiments and companies looking to offer remote-sensing and communication services are among the potential domestic customers for nanosatellites.
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28 April 2019
Chinese scientists have developed a new heat-resistant material for hypersonic aircraft which can endure over 3,000 C from friction caused by a Mach 5-20 flight within the atmosphere. Unlike foreign technologies that use traditional refractory metals and carbon-carbon materials, the China-made new material is a composite of ceramics and refractory metals, Fan Jinglian, the lead scientist who developed the material and a professor at Central South University in Central China's Hunan Province, told media. Hypersonic aircraft is not the only area in which materials made of ceramics and refractory metals can shine, Fan said. Any field that involves extreme high temperature, such as engines, space rockets and nuclear reactors, will have a great demand for the material, Fan noted.
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29 April 2019
Last week, the capital of Hunan Province Changsha hosted the central celebration of the 4th China National Space Day. Many events took place in parallel. Jean Deville attended the International Commercial Space Symposium. His personal impressions from Changsha can be read in his blog post on https://china-aerospace.blog
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P.S. From 24 to 27 April, the UN-China Forum on Sustainable Development took place in Changsha, China. The forum comprised a 3 days-programme filled with presentation not only from China but also from many players from all over the world. In one of our next issues we will report about it.