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November 17, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China is expected to complete its first sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018, said Yang Baohua, vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC). Yang made the remarks at an annual academic conference on space science held from November 1 to 2 in Beijing. The service will also be provided in other regions in addition to its four major sites in Jiuquan, Taiyuan, Xichang, and Wenchang, Yang noted. At the conference, Yang introduced the company's experie ... read more

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China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new ... more
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Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). ... more
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China launches three satellites
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will con ... more
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Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
China's Mars probe will carry 13 types of payload, including six rovers, in its first mission to the planet, scheduled for 2020. "The Mars exploration program is we ... more
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UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
China is an active member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is impressive in opening its space missions to other countries, said Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of ... more
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Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. ... more
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China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orde ... more
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Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
One of Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket c ... more

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Spacecraft passes docking test
China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 completed an automated fast-docking operation with the Tiangong II space laboratory late on Tuesday night, according to the China Manned Space Agency. Tianz ... more
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China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN rep ... more
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Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
China's Kuaizhou-11 solid-fuelled carrier rocket will send six satellites into space in its first mission, according to the rocket's developer and producer China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp ... more
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Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Beijing and Moscow may sign an agreement this October on joint space exploration, to be carried out in 2018-2022, Chinese media reported. The deal would cover five areas, including lunar and d ... more
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ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined 16 Chinese astronauts earlier this month for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai. The ultimate goal ... more
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To boldly go where no startup has gone before
Space is the final frontier for private firms as they muscle into an area dominated by State-owned companies A satellite the size of a teakettle will be launched into space by the end of this ... more
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Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
Over the 50 years since its founding, the Xi'an Satellite Control Center has successfully resolved major faults in over 10 satellites, saving the country billions yuan in possible losses, the center ... more
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China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. ... more

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Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
The communications satellite Zhongxing-9A has entered its preset orbit over two weeks after its launch on June 19. Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the Long March- ... more
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China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division ... more
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Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
The past decades have seen China making great progress, both economic and also in the field of space exploration. The construction of new space launch centers, ambitious lunar and Mars exploration p ... more
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Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Despite the failed launch of the Changzheng 5 (Long March-5) heavy-lift rocket on Sunday, China is pinning a lot of hope on this new generation booster, capable of carrying 25 metric tons of payload ... more
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China prepares to launch second heavy-lift carrier rocket
China is preparing to launch a powerful rocket on Sunday as the country presses on with its ambitious space program. ... more
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Yuanwang-3 completes ship check mission, ready for Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch
Chinese space-monitoring ship Yuanwang-3 has completed a 27-day maritime calibration mission and returned to port in east China's Jiangsu Province Thursday. The ship will take part in six mari ... more
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China heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails: state media
China on Sunday announced the launch of a powerful rocket designed to carry communication satellites into orbit had been "unsuccessful", in a glitch for the country's ambitious space programme. ... more
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China to launch Long March-5 Y2 in early July
China has set the window to launch its Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket between July 2 and 5, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. Carr ... more
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