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Xichang, China (UPI) Nov 26, 2010
China launched a Long March 3A carrier rocket Thursday, putting a communication satellite into orbit around the Earth, officials said.
The rocket was launched at 12:09 a.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, Xinhua reported.
The "Zhongxing-20A" satellite is expected to improve China's radio and television broadcasts, officials at the launch center said in a statement.
It was the 135th launch of a Long March series rocket since April 24, 1970, the state-run news agency said.
China To Launch First Female Astronauts
Yang said, "The second crew will include 5 men and 2 women. They are taking professional training step by step, according to our plan, to prepare the docking process with the space station and other missions about the space laboratory. I think people can see our crew in the Shenzhou 9 and 10 spacecraft in 2012."
HK, mainland to build joint space lab
President of CAST Yang Baohua has led a six-member senior delegation to sign the pact with Acting President of PolyU Philip Chan on 15 Nov.
Under the agreement, CAST will donate some sophisticated equipment, including a vibration platform and vacuum device for mechanical and thermo testing, which worth at 5 million RMB (about 751,879 U.S. dollars) for the new lab.
In addition, both parties will jointly invest 10 million RMB of research funding for the lab in the next five years, and the research work will be carried out under the supervision of an experts committee.
This is the second important deal signed by PolyU and CAST within six months' time. During PolyU President Timothy Tong's visit to Beijing in June, the university and CAST also signed an agreement to formalize research collaboration between two parties relating to China's lunar exploration program.
Established in 1968, CAST is the most important research base for the advancement of space technology and equipment on the Chinese mainland. It is an integral unit of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
PolyU said it will establish one or two special Research Institutes to support the further advancement of space research, and explore the possibility of turning its space technology for civilian use in the future.
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