21 September 2019
The return of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati to Beijing’s diplomatic fold could give a lift to the Asian giant’s space ambitions. The islands and atolls that make up Kiribati sprawl across the Equator and are just south of the Marshall Islands, an important missile testing ground for the United States. Because of its location, Kiribati was home to Beijing’s first overseas space tracking station, which played an important role in the Shenzhou manned space missions and the BeiDou navigation systems. When the island nation switched recognition to Taipei in 2003, Beijing packed up its first overseas tracking station on South Tarawa.
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25 September 2019
China sent a new satellite into planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China's Gobi Desert on 25 September. The Yunhai-1 02 satellite, launched on a Long March-2D carrier rocket at 8:54 h (Beijing Time), will be mainly used for detecting the atmospheric and marine environment and space environment, as well as disaster control and other scientific experiments. Both the satellite and the carrier rocket were developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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25 September 2019
Chinese scientists have reconstructed the descent trajectory of the Chang'e 4 lunar probe and determined its precise landing site on the far side of the moon in a move that could bolster further deep space exploration. Using high-resolution topographic data obtained by the Chang'e 2 lunar probe and images taken by Chang'e 4 during its descent and exploration, researchers reconstructed the landing process including how it avoided obstacles autonomously.
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23 September 2019
When discussing the rapid development of China’s private space sector and notably launch vehicles, many observers hint at a bubble: an unhealthy number of startups all pursuing the same scope of activities with similar technical solutions, and unsustainable growth not correlated with market demand. Is this justified? In this blogpost I offer some thoughts and engage in a comparison between Chinese and US NewSpace, discussing market size and Sino-foreign space “ecosystem decoupling”.
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24 September 2019
The lander of the Chang'e 4 probe and the Yutu 2 rover have resumed work for the 10th lunar day on the far side of the Moon after "sleeping" during the 9th lunar night. The Chang'e 4 lander woke up at 20:26 BJT on 23 September, and the rover awoke one day earlier at 20:30 h on 22 September (Beijing Time). Both are in normal working condition, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Programme Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA). Yutu 2 rover has traversed so far about 285 m.
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23 September 2019
China has successfully sent two satellites of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 05:10 h on 23 September. Launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket, the two satellites entered the orbit. They are the 47th and 48th satellites of the BDS satellite family. The new satellites and the carrier rocket were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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