25 April 2018
A joint project of nano satellite between Chinese and Russian students is underway in northeast China's Harbin City in Heilongjiang Province.
"The ASRTU project is an extension of our previous Lilac Sat Projects. All the people who worked on the Lilac Sats are now working on the ASRTU project," said Qiu Shi, the project leader. ASRTU stands for the Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities. Established in 2011, the association decided to move beyond just an alliance of over 50 universities from China and Russia by letting the countries' students get hands-on experience.
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03 May 2018
China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), revealed that it has designed a graphene composite film suitable for use in light-propelled spacecraft. This is part of CALT’s research on graphene-based spacecraft propulsion, a new technology that converts light into electrical energy.
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03 May 2018
The city government of Wenchang, plans to build an aerospace supercomputing center and a big data industry cluster project in the near future, promoting the coordinated industrial growth of local information technology, aerospace equipment research and design, as well as life science research through the application of high-performance computing, cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence. The centre will be crucial for satellite application research and development, the application of high-resolution data and development of a big data industry around spatial information.
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30 April 2018
China aims to recover the first stage of the Long March 8 carrier rocket, which is still under development and is expected to make its maiden flight around 2021, said Long Lehao, Chief Designer at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology during a National Space Day conference in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. The Long March-8 rocket will have two stages and two boosters: the first stage and boosters are expected to be retrieved through vertical landing
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03 May 2018
China is stepping up development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to support its space programs, Zhang Duzhou, a member of the Chinese Association of Automation and the Chinese Society of Astronautics, told a space conference in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Experts are now developing AI technologies in visual image recognition, visual tracking, rendezvous and docking, navigation and positioning, mission planning and spacecraft fault diagnosis.
With AI, spacecraft could acquire the abilities of self-learning, autonomous perception and planning and self-decision, thus lowering the cost of operation and increasing the quality, safety, reliability and flexibility of space missions.
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26 April 2018
On 26 April, China launched a new company focusing on the scale-production of satellites in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province. The newly established CASIC Space Engineering Development Co. is a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). The company has a complete research and development capacity for the design of satellites, with core technologies in the structure and thermal control of satellites, according to Lyu Dongming, president with the company. At the facility, a new type of space cargo transport aircraft is under development and will complete its maiden flight in 2019. Technologies such as space inflatable deployment, flexible heat shielding and composite materials, will be used. New types of composite material cabins, and new types of environmental control and life support technology will be applied to achieve products that offer support for missions such as return transport of space cargo, and delivery and recovery of goods.
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