05 July 2020
China successfully sent the second of the Shiyan-6 series for space environment study and related technology experiments into the planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China on 05 July at 7:44 Beijing Time.
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03 July 2020
China's first island base station for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System was put into operation recently on the Kaishan Island of east China's Jiangsu Province. The base station can not only provide high-precision positioning and transmit standard time for the island and the surrounding waters, but also greatly improve the operation capacity of the island micro-grids. Through a newly built antenna, the base station will be connected with Beidou satellites in real time and provide precision satellite services for the island and the nearby waters. More island stations are expected to become operational.
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03 July 2020
In a significant astronomical breakthrough, an international team led by the South America Center for Astronomy under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has detected the neutral hydrogen line emission from extragalactic galaxies for the first time by analysing data obtained by FAST. The study of extragalactic neutral hydrogen detection is one of the most important scientific goals of the gigantic telescope. Scientists detected the neutral hydrogen line emission from three extragalactic galaxies using the FAST 19-beam receiver with only five minutes of exposure. The research outcomes were recently published in the international journal Astronomy and Astrophysics Letter.
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01 July 2020
One week after launch, Beidou-3GEO has entered its GEO position at 110.5oEast, Xi'an Satellite Control Centre announced on 30 June. The centre initiated round-the-clock monitoring after the launch, with multiple ground stations across the country tracking the satellite and making orbit-related calculations. The satellite's payloads have been turned on and they are working normally in orbit. Next week, the Xi'an ground station will carry out tests on the satellite's platform and its inter-satellite link system. After being tested comprehensively, the satellite will get connected with the BDS-3 system and provide services.
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03 July 2020
On 3 July at 11:10 BJT, China successfully sent a high-resolution multi-mode imaging satellite into the planned orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in North China's Shanxi province. The satellite was launched by a Long March 4B rocket. The satellite is a civilian optical remote sensing satellite with sub-meter resolution, which can switch multiple imaging modes. It will become part of the national civil space infrastructure project. On board was also the "Xibaipo" satellite, dedicated to educational purposes.
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29 June 2020
Dennis Normile summarises for Science Magazine the objectives of the imminent Tianwen 1 Mars mission. He describes the payloads and its capabilities. Since it was difficult to get feedback from involved scientists: "Scientists involved in Tianwen-1 said they did not have permission from the China National Space Administration (CNSA) to speak to the press, and the agency did not respond to questions.", Dennis Normile asked foreign space analysts what the significance of Tianwen 1 is.
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