13 July 2020
China has been actively engaged with the international space community, providing services to global users, strengthening cooperation and contributing Chinese know-how. The Xichang Satellite Launch Centre contributed to launched for many countries, such as Nigeria, Bolivia, Belarus and Algeria. Since its establishment in 1970, the centre has witnessed 34 international launches, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the country's total foreign satellite launch missions. China has continued to participate and deepen international cooperation for manned missions. It has forged several collaborative projects with countries, including Russia, Germany, France, Italy, and organizations such as the European Space Agency and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.
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09 July 2020
The Export-Import Bank of the United States is supporting U.S. commercial space companies which have to compete with Chinese service providers. Sandra Erwin reports for SpaceNews that "U.S. companies in the space sector face tough competition from Chinese government-backed companies and the Ex-Im Bank now has a mandate from Congress to help level the playing field, David Trulio, a bank senior vice president said at a virtual forum hosted by Ex-Im. Trulio, a former Defense Department official, runs Ex-Im’s “Program on China and Transformational Exports.” The program was directed by Congress when it signed a seven-year re-authorization for Ex-Im on December 20, 2019."
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10 July 2020
China now has more than 100 private space companies that are creating reusable rockets, sending payloads into their pre-set orbits and quickly catching up with global leaders such as American-owned SpaceX. Professor Yang Yuguang from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, and Vice Chair of IAF Space Transportation Committee told CGTN that China will have private company better than SpaceX sooner or later. "You see they are already very innovative and very active in developing new technologies." He also believes there will be no essential conflicts between private companies and state-owned enterprises because the enormous size of the market potential. "In the upstream and downstream, there are more such examples. You can choose the components, parts, devices or subsystems from either the state owned companies or from the private companies. For the downstream such as applications you can see more companies in China already engage in providing services related to Earth observation, communication and so on," said Yang.
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10 July 2020
China's Kuaizhou-11 carrier rocket suffered a failure during its maiden flight on 10 July. The rocket was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:17 BJT, but a malfunction occurred during the flight. The specific cause of the failure is under further analysis and investigation. Kuaizhou is a low-cost solid-fueled carrier rocket with high reliability and a short preparation period. With a lift-off mass of 70.8 tonnes, the rocket was designed to launch low-Earth and Sun-synchronous orbit satellites.
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10 July 2020
China successfully sent a commercial telecommunication satellite, known as APSTAR-6D, into a planned orbit from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center on 09 July. The APSTAR-6D telecommunication satellite was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket at 20:11 BJT, according to the centre. The satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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report on CGTN with more photos: China launches most advanced commercial communication satellite

07 July 2020
The first base station with a ground-based augmentation system was completed in Urumqi, the capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The station, built by the State Grid Xinjiang Electric Power Co Ltd, will offer high-precision positioning timing and emergency communication for the electricity industry. It's augmentation system can increase positioning precision to centimeter-level dynamically and millimeter-level statically.
The construction of the base station in Xinjiang is part of the project launched by the State Grid, which aims to build 1,200 Beidou base stations to provide high-precision positioning, timing, and emergency communication services for the electricity industry.
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