20 May 2019
LandSpace, a commercial rocket company in Beijing, announced on 17 May that its TQ-12 methane rocket engine successfully underwent a 20-second trial run at the company's test facility in Huzhou, Zhejiang province. It is the world's third high-performance methane engine after SpaceX's Raptor and Blue Origin's BE-4. LandSpace conducted four trial runs of the TQ-12 in the week from 13 to 17 May and all were successful.
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20 May 2019
The 65 m Shanghai radia telescope 'Tianma' won the top prize at the 2018 Shanghai Science and Technology Awards on 15 May. Tianma has made significant contributions to astronomy for nearly a decade and participated in long-term observations used to confirm data in the first image of a black hole in deep space. While Tianma was not directly involved in the observations that led to the black hole image, its ability to see other phenomena in the universe on certain wavelengths, contributed to the precise calibration of the final data for the image.
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20 May 2019
The 10th China Satellite Navigation Conference (10th CSNC) is themed “Navigation,10 Years and Beyond” and will be held at Guoce (Beijing) International Convention & Exhibition Center between 22-25 May 2019. Summit forums, seminars, expositions and high-end forums will be held during. Scientists and people from all walks of life are welcomed to participate in the conference.
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17 May 2019
China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention through its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a senior official of the China Meteorological Administration's National Satellite Meteorological Center. The services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries. By the end of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey.
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19 May 2019
The base made international headlines when it started trial operation and welcomed more than 100 local students on a five-hour tour on April 17. Its distinctive landscape was described by Reuters as a close analog of Tatooine, the home planet of the "Star Wars" hero Luke Skywalker.
Since then, Mars Base One has received over 500 visitors, mainly teenagers, from across China who yearn to take a peek at the futuristic base before its official opening later this year.
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17 May 2019
China sent a new satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 11:48 p.m. on 17 May. Launched on a Long March-3C carrier rocket, it is the fourth BDS-2 backup satellite and the 45th satellite of the BDS satellite family. After being sent to the geostationary earth orbit and in-orbit tests, it will be connected to the BDS to provide users with more reliable services and enhance the stability of the constellation.
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