20 August 2019
Yes, China’s NewSpace is growing. But Who is Backing Them? Space industry observers are generally aware that a very significant amount of investment has been pouring into China’s New Space, which consists currently of anything between 50 to 100 companies depending on the definition of “NewSpace”. In 2018 alone, 2.1 billion RMB was invested in space startups. But where is this capital coming from? Which VCs are the backbone of China’s NewSpace investors?
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20 August 2019
China's new communication satellite ChinaSat 18, sent into space on 19 August, has experienced abnormalities, and space engineers are investigating the cause. The ChinaSat 18 satellite was launched at 20:03 h (Beijing Time) on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite separated with the carrier rocket as normal, but is now working abnormally.
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Reporting about the launch by Rui Barbosa on NASASpaceFlight.com
Long March 3B launches Chinasat-18 - waiting on status

20 August 2019
Construction of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the world's largest astronomical device, is expected to start next year, and China, one of the founding members, is preparing to build a regional data center and developing its reflector antennas.
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20 August 2019
Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut in space, and her colleague Chen Dong arrived in Namibia's port town of Walvis Bay on 19 August, starting their five-day visit to the southern African nation at the invitation of President Hage Geingob.
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Liu Yang and Chen Dong will visit Namibia next week
17 August 2019
Liu Yang, Chinese first ever female astronaut in space, and another astronaut Chen Dong will visit Namibia from August 19 to 23, according to statement released by Chinese Embassy in Namibia on 15 August. The statement said the visit aims to respond to the kind invitation of Namibian President Hage Geingob and to enhance communication and cooperation on astronautics between China and Namibia. During his state visit to China last year, Geingob visited China Space Center, interacted with 3 Chinese astronauts, and invited Chinese astronauts to visit Namibia.
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20 August 2019
More than 243,100 Chinese people have signed up for a NASA mission to Mars, but only their names will get the chance to travel to the Red Planet. The project has attracted more than 8.53 million submissions from around the world since it was launched in May, and NASA expects the mission will get underway in 2020. Applications are being taken on NASA's website until the end of September and those who sign up will have their names stenciled on silicon chips that will journey to Mars. People can also print off a boarding pass.
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17 August 2019
Five leading scientists shared their stories and passion about China's development at a forum held on 16 August to mark the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. Ouyang Ziyuan, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and first Chief Scientist of China's lunar probe project, told the forum that it is the mission for scientists of every generation to contribute to the country's development. He called on 91 million people working at the scientific and technological front to strive to enhance the country's scientific and technological strength.
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