14 May 2018
The Chinese Academy of Sciences confirmed that its Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth has successfully tracked and received the data from the recently launched hyperspectral imaging satellite Gaofen 5. The Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station received the first Gaofen 5 data from Miyun location on the outskirts of Beijing on 13 May. The data size was 60GB and the time frame was nine minutes and 32 seconds.
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09 May 2018
Wang He is one of China most shilled welders for aerospace components. She works as a spacecraft circuit board welder for the electronic fitting center of the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and has welded hundreds of spacecraft components and parts in the past 12 years. She won China's first IPC Hand Welding Competition in 2010 and was the bronze medalist of the IPC International Hand Welding Championship in 2013. Wang was also involved in the building of several national aviation programs including the Shenzhou spacecrafts, the Tiangong space labs and the Chang'e lunar exploration project. "Welding is like sewing and welding for spacecrafts is like making embroidery which requires high accuracy in temperature and skill," Wang said.
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09 May 2018
On 9 May, China launched Gaofen-5, a hyperspectral imaging satellite, as part of the country's high-resolution Earth observation project. The Gaofen-5 satellite was launched off the back of a Long March 4C rocket at 2:28 a.m. Beijing Time from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. It was the 274th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket. The satellite can be used for comprehensive environmental monitoring.
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04 May 2018
On 04 May, China launched a new communication satellite "APSTAR-6C" at 00:06 h Beijing Time (03. April; 16:06 h UTC) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
The satellite, developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), was sent into orbit by the Long March-3B carrier rocket. This was the 273rd mission of the Long March rocket series. The user of the satellite is Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Co., Ltd. The satellite will provide TV transmission, communication, Internet and multimedia services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region. It is the second communication satellite developed by CAST for APT Satellite, following the APSTAR-9, which went into orbit on 17 October 2015.
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04 May 2018
Shu Chang, founder and chief executive of OneSpace Technology, a privately owned startup in Beijing that develops and builds carrier rockets, said that the maiden launch of the company's OS-X0 solid-fuel rocket is set to take place in May at a test field in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region. Engineers at OneSpace have finished most of the testing on the rocket, which was recently transported from the company's manufacturing facility in Beijing to the test field, he said.
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03 May 2018
China has established an emergency response mechanism for disaster prevention and mitigation to serve countries along the Belt and Road region, said the China Meteorological Administration (CMA). Under the mechanism, those countries can submit applications to the World Meteorological Organization for starting the mechanism once they encounter typhoon, rainstorm, sandstorm or other extreme weather. Then, CMA would operate on-duty Fengyun satellites for frequent regional observation over the disaster areas every five to six minutes.
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