10 December 2018
On 10 December in Beijing, in the presence of Bernard Larrouturou, the French government’s Director General of Research and Innovation, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall addressed the preparatory meeting of the French-Chinese joint science and technology committee, where he gave a presentation on space cooperation between the two nations. He also reviewed the initial results from the CFOSat mission. Looking further ahead to new endeavours under this exceptional partnership between France and China, CNES’s President set out a nine-point action plan.
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12 December 2018
By 2019, China will become the first nation on earth to have sent a Lunar probe to the far side (sometimes called the dark side) of the Moon. While Western media coverage tends to ignore or deliberately downplay China’s space achievements, to include the Chang’e 4’s attempt, China has yet again proven that it is dead serious about its deadlines set for its ambitions in space. The ambition to land on the far side of the Moon was articulated by China’s space agencies years ago, and 2018 was set as the year when they would launch. And here we are, in 2018, with another Chinese space mission goal achieved as per the deadline set.
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12 December 2018
Ecommerce giant Alibaba, smart wearables maker Huami, and one of China’s largest esports live streaming platforms Douyu all saw their own satellites launched on Friday last week, making space the final frontier of marketing. Alibaba captured the most attention with a satellite dubbed Tmall International. It carried  1,111 recordings of love confessions from Singles' Day on November 11 - also known as Double 11.
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11 December 2018
“Food and water ran out four days ago… oxygen will run out tomorrow morning,” says the leader of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the first Avengers: Endgame trailer. Without Iron Man, what are we going to do? That’s not just a question I’m asking. It’s bothering netizens on Chinese social media, too. So they wrote to the Chinese space authority - China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) - to request a rescue mission. To which… the CASC wrote back! While it didn’t promise anything, it said on Weibo, “The good news is Chang’e 4 has brought potatoes.”
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07 December 2018
SKA Regional Centres (SRCs) were high on the agenda when SKA Organisation Director-General Prof. Philip Diamond travelled to China this week to meet the deputy mayor of Shanghai’s Municipal Government, Qing Wu. After receiving an overview of the current progress of the project, Mr Wu confirmed that the Shanghai Municipal Government will support the building of a Chinese SKA data centre, part of a global network of computing centres which will store and provide access to SKA science data products for astronomers around the world.
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12 December 2018
Hundreds of leading scientists and technologists from the UK and Chinese space research and industry are discussing how to deepen the collaboration and pave the way for future innovation at the 13th UK-China workshop on space science and technology in Ningbo City, east China's Zhejiang Province, from 11 to 13 December.
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