China Plans To Build A Deep-Sea ‘Space Station’ In South China Sea


  • China is stepping up efforts to build a deep-sea underwater ‘space station’ in the South China Sea. If the plans go ahead, the station would be located 3000 metres below the surface, inhabited by humans, and would be used to hunt for minerals.

Revival of Aging Ukrainian Aircraft AN-225 May Serve Chinese Space Program


  • A Chinese company is set to purchase the largest aircraft constructed by Ukrainian holding company Antonov, similar to the AN-225. Russian military expert Vasily Kashin discussed with Sputnik the importance of this purchase for both countries.

China Readies Next ‘Heavenly Palace’ for Mid-September Launch

August 31, 2016

  • China is readying its next piloted space mission, a multifaceted undertaking that will lay the foundation for the country to build a space station in Earth orbit in the 2020s. Both Tiangong-2 (whose name means “Heavenly Palace”) and the piloted Shenzhou-11 spacecraft are now undergoing checkout at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

China: the new space superpower

28 August 2016

  • At 8pm Beijing time on 25 June this year the tropical darkness over China’s Hainan province was temporarily banished by a blinding orange light. Accompanied by the thunderous roar of engines, a 53m-tall rocket pushed itself into the sky. An increasing number of Chinese rockets have launched in the past few years but this one was significant for three reasons. It was the first launch of the new Long March 7 rocket, designed to help the Chinese place a multi-module space station in orbit. It was the first liftoff from China’s newly constructed Wenchang launch complex, a purpose-built facility set to become the focus for Chinese space ambitions. And it was the first Chinese launch where tourists were encouraged to go along and watch.

Scientists discover a ‘dark’ Milky Way

August 25, 2016

  • Using the world’s most powerful telescopes, an international team of astronomers has found a massive galaxy that consists almost entirely of dark matter. Astronomers used observations from Keck, taken over six nights, to measure the velocities of stars in the galaxy. They used the 8-meter Gemini North telescope to reveal a halo of spherical clusters of stars around the galaxy’s core, similar to the halo that surrounds our Milky Way galaxy. Additional co-authors are Shany Danieli, Allison Merritt, and Lamiya Mowla of Yale, Jean Brodie of the University of California Observatories, Charlie Conroy of Harvard, Aaron Romanowsky of San Jose State University, and Jielai Zhang of the University of Toronto.

China unveils its Mars 2020 probe and science goals


  • China has released images of its orbiter, lander and rover for its ambitious 2020 Mars mission, along with details of the scientific instruments to be sent to the Red Planet. Chief architect of the mission, Zhang Rongqiao, told a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday that the mission will be complex and ambitious, including an orbiter, lander and rover.

Astronomers discover a large cavity around the Tycho’s supernova

August 23, 2016

  • Chinese astronomers have detected a large cavity existing around Tycho’s supernova, also know as SN 1572, exhibiting stream-like structures. The findings, reported in a paper published Aug. 18 on, show that the environments of the supernovae may be much more complicated than previously thought. SN 1572 lies between 8,000 to 10,000 light years from the Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia. It is a well-established type Ia supernova, one of about eight supernovae visible to the naked eye in historical records. As one of the most popular supernova remnants in our galaxy, it has been widely observed in the entire electromagnetic spectrum, and astronomers have discovered a shell-like structure produced by the shocks from the explosion as well as circumstellar material and dust.

Chinese scientists study viability of manned radar station on the moon

21 August, 2016

  • China has commissioned a group of scientists to study the feasibility of building a manned radar station on the moon, but many experts on the mainland have questioned the potentially massive cost of the project and the usefulness of building such a base. The government project was launched earlier this year and received kick-start funding of 16 million yuan (HK$18.7 million) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, according to its website.

China creates high-tech insulation for space


  • China has developed a cutting-edge ultralight material for thermal insulation on its rockets and spacecraft, according to engineers. Zou Junfeng, a senior engineer at the Aerospace Institute of Advanced Materials and Processing Technology in Beijing, said the material, called aerogel, has been widely used in space missions by the United States, Russia and Europe. “We have also developed our own aerogel products and some of them are at the highest technological level in the world,” he said. “A lot of our spacecraft, satellites and rockets are now using our products to resist heat or maintain internal temperatures.”

Chinese satellite will test ‘spooky’ Einstein claim

11 August 2016

  • Sometime this month, China is planning to launch a satellite that could be a first step towards establishing a “hack-proof” communications network. The satellite is a collaboration between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. It will be launched from China’s Jiuquan satellite launch centre in Inner Mongolia aboard a Long March 2D rocket.

China launches Gaofen-3 high-resolution radar imaging satellite

August 10, 2016

  • China launched an Earth observation satellite Tuesday. A Long March 4C rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 6:55 p.m. Eastern time and placed the Gaofen-3 satellite into orbit. The satellite carries a synthetic aperture radar payload that can produce images with a resolution of one meter.

China’s lunar-based telescope observes a binary star system

August 8, 2016

  • China’s Chang’e-3 mission landed on the moon in December 2013 and deployed a lunar rover known as Yutu or Jade Rabbit; it also carried a robotic telescope designed to observe various celestial objects such as galaxies, active galactic nuclei, variable stars, binaries, novae, quasars and blazars in the near-ultraviolet band. The Lunar-based Ultraviolet Telescope (LUT) was recently used by a team of Chinese astronomers to observe a peculiar binary star designated V921 Her. Results of these observations are described in a paper published Aug. 1 on

Tiantong 1-01 launch kicks off crucial period for China’s space program


  • China took its orbital launches to double figures for 2016 with the launch of its Tiantong-1 (01) communications satellite, kicking off an intense and crucial period of activity for China’s space program. The satellite was lofted toward a geosynchronous orbit by a Long March 3B rocket at 16:22 UTC on Friday (00:22 August 6 Beijing time) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province.

China’s first moon rover ‘Jade Rabbit’ finishes 972-day exploration

August 3, 2016

  • China’s Jade Rabbit ‘Yutu’ lunar rover, which won a large following on social media, has been retired after a record 31 months of collecting data from the moon’s surface. The moon rover, the world’s longest-serving, was named after the pet “Jade Rabbit” of the lunar goddess “Chang’e” in ancient Chinese mythology, after a worldwide online poll called for people to come up with the name.

Rocket engine progress demonstrates China’s long term space ambitions


  • China’s space industry has reported progress on a number of new rocket engines that would provide huge capabilities for outer space, including crewed lunar landings and deep space exploration. On Monday it was announced that tests had been successfully performed on a rocket engine that could power a super-heavy launch vehicle, similar to the monstrous, 2,900-ton Saturn V rocket that sent US astronauts to the Moon.

China Developing Spacecraft Equipped With Several Types of Engines


  • The development of the spacecraft equipped with three types of engines — turbine, ramjet and rocket engines — will be carried out by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), CCTV broadcaster reported. According to the developers, this combination will allow for controlling the spacecraft in the atmosphere as a conventional aircraft and as a rocket in open space. It is expected that the spacecraft will be reusable with an ability to take off and land at conventional airports. This will significantly reduce its maintenance costs because it will not require a special launch site.

China’s Chang’e-3 confirms lack of water in moon’s Mare Imbrium


  • China’s Chang’e 3 lunar probe has proven that there is no water on the moon, according to the official Weibo account of CCTV News on July 31. The lunar-based ultraviolet telescope on China’s Chang’e-3 has confirmed that no water exists in an ancient lunar “sea” known as Mare Imbrium (“the Sea of Rains”). “We’ve measured the amount of water on the lunar surface and above, but only found the lowest quantities so far, which is in line with the expectations of experts on the formation of the moon,” said Wei Jianyan, a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

China begins developing hybrid spacecraft


  • China has launched a program to develop hybrid spacecraft. The vehicle is expected to make space travel much cheaper if it proves successful. According to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the new vehicle will be powered by multiple engines in different phases of the flight into orbit. These engines include turbine, ramjet and rocket. The core technique is using the air’s oxygen as an oxidiser to create power.

China and the U.N. agree to help developing countries get access to space

July 27, 2016

  • Last month, China signed an agreement with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to open the country’s future space station for science experiments and astronauts from U.N. member states. According to a spokesperson from the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA), this cooperation heralds better accessibility to space for developing countries. “The agreement will provide exciting opportunities to further build the space capacity of developing countries and increase awareness of the benefits human space technology can bring to humankind, and thus to promote the achievement of the sustainable development goals,” Aimin Niu, CMSA spokesperson, told

Chinese Telescope Collects Data on Over 7 Million Stars

July 27, 2016

  • It is also credited with the 2014 discovery of a hypervelocity star A Chinese telescope has collected data on more than 7 million stars to compile the world’s largest database on cosmic states of motion, mass, temperature and chemical composition. The Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) has been in operation since 2012, and is the world’s first large-area telescope capable of observing 4,000 stars at any one time.

China’s New Sun Simulator Helps Design Better Spacecraft

Jul 15, 2016

  • The simulator, which started operations in Beijing in June, is a chamber specially designed to simulate the sun’s effects in space, the South China Morning Post reported. About the size of a regular living room, the chamber features an array of high=power overhead lamps and special lenses that replicate the sun’s heat and light from 120 million kilometers away. The room also serves as a controlled vacuum chamber and features walls that are cooled to near absolute zero, which simulates the extremes of outer space.

European Space Chief Pushing for Chinese Cooperation

July 15, 2016

  • The director general of the European Space Agency said he has again broached the idea of inviting China to participate in the international space station project, despite continued strong opposition in the U.S. congress. Johann-Dietrich Wörner said during an interview at the Farnborough air show that “we should really not close the door” on Chinese cooperation. He added that even though China is building its own space station, his recent talks with Beijing officials showed “that they are also still open for some joint activities.”

No, China’s Tiangong-1 Will Not “Rain Molten Metal Down Onto Earth”

July 14, 2016

  • Not only is it much too soon to tell whether Tiangong-1 is out of control, but there is little reason to worry about it falling out of the sky, astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics tells “In the history of the Space Age, uncontrolled re-entries have been common,” he says. “And the chance that debris from any one of them hits somebody, it’s one in thousands.”

China launches space tracking ship Yuanwang-7

July 12, 2016

  • China’s new generation of space tracking ship, the Yuanwang-7, which will perform maritime tracking of manned spaceflight Shenzhou-11 and other space missions later this year, was formally launched on Tuesday after a 60-day trial period. The vessel, designed by China, marks a new high for China’s space tracking technology, said a statement. The construction of the ship started on Oct. 10, 2014 in Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd. The 220 meter-long, 40 meter-high ship has a displacement of 25,000 tons. Capable of resisting strong typhoons, the ship can carry supplies to last for 100 days, the statement said.

China’s largest space launch vehicle, the Long March 7 flies, with a Technological Triple Whammy

July 8, 2016

  • the Long March 7 rocket, China’s largest space launch vehicle to date, blasted off from Wenchang, Hainan to a successful maiden flight. With a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) payload of 13.5 tons, the CZ-7 is China’s new medium space launch rocket (the heavy Long March 5 will have its first flight later this year as well). In addition to that nice milestone for China’s space program, the CZ-7 carried three important payloads in its cargo. Tianyuan 1 is China’s first satellite to satellite refueling system. The National University of Defense Technology said that data and video from the Tianyuan showed the refueling system to be a success. In orbit refueling of satellites can save money by enabling satellites to continue using their chemically powered thrusters to avoid reentry into the atmosphere, as well as reposition themselves for new missions or to avoid space debris.

Poland signs space partnership deal with China, eyes increased industry cooperation

July 4, 2016

  • Poland’s space agency POLSA recently signed an agreement with the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA). The two agencies are to cooperate on joint research, monitoring and developing new telecoms solutions. The agreement was signed by the two agencies’ heads in the presence of Polish President Andrzej Duda and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Warsaw in late June.

China announces successful satellite in-orbit refuelling

July 01, 2016

  • China has successfully completed the in-space refuelling of orbital satellites following last week’s launch of a new-generation carrier rocket, the National University of Defense Technology announced on Thursday. Similar to air refueling for planes, the process involves the refueling of a satellite in orbit in a microgravity environment and will extend a satellite’s functional life and considerably boost its maneuverability.

A comprehensive guide to China’s space activities in 2016


  • Despite nine missions launched and half the year gone, the Chinese space program is only just getting started for what will be a crucial and revealing year for the country’s space ambitions. 2016 will see a crewed mission to a new spacelab, two new game-changing rockets, the opening of a coastal spaceport, a number of space science probes, legal, policy and political matters that will help shape the future.

Chinese Space Trash Collector Feared To Be Newest Anti-Satellite Weapon

June 29 2016

  • China launched a small robot designed to collect space trash Saturday, but some analysts are worried it could be used as a weapon to destroy American military satellites. The Aolong-1, or Roaming Dragon, sports a robotic arm designed to capture floating space debris, but it could just as easily be used to destroy working satellites.

Chinese conduct surprise Long March 4B launch with Shijian-16-2

June 29, 2016

  • China conducted another orbital launch, this time orbiting the Shijian-16 (#2) satellite via the Long March-4B (Chang Zheng-4B) rocket. The launch took place from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 03:21 UTC on Wednesday, lifting off from the 603 platform at Launch Complex 43.

China on schedule for launch this year of 2nd space station

Jun. 26, 2016

  • China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that envisions a mission to Mars by the end of the decade. Space program authorities said the spaceship’s landing on the vast Inner Mongolian steppe keeps China on schedule to place its second space station into orbit later this year.

China successfully debuts Long March 7 – Recovers capsule

June 25, 2016

  • The Chinese conducted the maiden launch of the Long March 7 rocket on Saturday. The launch took place at 12:00 UTC, which also involved the inauguration of is new Wenchang Space Launch Center, located at the Hainan Island. The main payload for this mission was a scaled-down version of a next generation crew vehicle that was successfully recovered in Inner Mongolia after a short orbital flight.

China’s ‘Cape Canaveral’ lifts lid on secretive space program

June 26, 2016

  • Just as visitors to Florida can visit Kennedy Space Center — and if they’re lucky see a rocket launch — go to the beach and even visit Disney World, Chinese visitors to Wenchang on Hainan Island now have much the same options. Hainan, sometimes known as China’s Hawaii, is the location of China’s newest space launch site at Wencheng, in the northeast corner of the island.

China Conducts Half-year Experiment to Develop Space Habitats

Jun 21, 2016

  • Chinese researchers are embarking on a bold 180-day experiment to test technologies for future space habitats. The experiment, which is being conducted in Shenzen, Guangdong Province, features a 1,340-cubic-meter hermetically sealed capsule that will house four volunteers for six months, China Daily reported.

China opens space station to rest of the world with United Nations agreement


  • China has signed an agreement with the United Nations to open its future space station to spacecraft, science experiments and even astronauts from countries around the world. The agreement was laid out by Ms Wu Ping, Deputy of China’s Manned Space Agency (CMSA), in a presentation at the UN’s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) annual session in Vienna on Tuesday.

1st high orbit remote sensing satellite put into use

June 14, 2016

  • China’s first high orbit remote sensing satellite, Gaofen-4, went into use after six months of in-orbit testing, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) announced Monday.

China Exclusive: China to send Chang’e-4 to south pole of moon’s far-side

Jun 14,2016

  • China aims to send the Chang’e-4 lunar probe to land in the south pole region of the far side of the moon in 2018, according to China National Space Administration (CNSA). Scientists plan to send a relay satellite for Chang’e-4 to the halo orbit of the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point L2 in late May or early June 2018, and then launch the Chang’e-4 lunar lander and rover to the Aitken Basin of the south pole region about half a year later, said Liu Tongjie, deputy director of the CNSA’s Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center.

Zimbabwe tunes in to Chinese satellites for better weather monitoring


  • Zimbabwe’s state weather forecast department has tuned in to signals emitted from polar-orbiting Chinese satellites in a technological makeover aimed to improve the meteorological services of a country which relies on agriculture but has struggled to cope with irrationally changing weather patterns in recent years. The receiving and processing system to access data from China’s Fengyun-3 series of satellites is part of a 1.6-million-U.S.-dollar donation China handed over to Zimbabwe on Thursday.

China to Build Telescope With Field View 300 Times Larger Than Hubble


  • China revealed plans to build space telescope to rival NASA’s Hubble which will have a field of view 300 times larger than its US counterpart. The telescope will dock with China’s Tiangong-3 modular space station. During the Fifth Annual Conference of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a scientific report on the country’s space exploration program was presented by Gu Idun, a technical adviser in the field of manned space flight.

China plans five new space science satellites in five years

Jun 1, 2016

  • China will launch five new satellites within five years, including its first solar exploration satellite to end its dependency on foreign solar data, a top official said on Wednesday. The five satellites, including a Sino-European joint mission known as SMILE , will focus on observation of solar activities and their impact on the earth environment and space weather, analysis of water recycling and probing of black holes, according to Wu Ji , director of the National Space Science Center under the Chinese Academy of Sciences .

China launches Ziyuan-3 remote sensing satellite and Argentina’s Aleph-1


  • China launched its second Ziyuan-3 series high-resolution remote sensing satellite along with two small Argentinian craft on Monday morning. The rocket and payloads lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province at 11:17am Beijing time (3:17am UTC) on a Long March 4B rocket.

China to Probe Moon’s North, South Poles


  • China will probe the moon’s north and south poles to further enhance the country’s aerospace development, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on Friday. It will be the first time that a Chinese probe will land on the moon, collect samples and return to Earth. The probe will be conducted after sending lunar probe Chang’e 5 to land on the moon to collect lunar samples in the second half of 2017.

China Starts Building National PNT System


  • Development is underway of what is known as a PNT system to eliminate service blind-spots of the Chinese satellite navigation system in rooms, underwater and in deep space. China Satellite Navigation Office Director Ran Chengqi says the PNT system will complement the existing Beidou Navigation System.

Beidou promotion targets Arab states


  • China will strive to promote its Beidou Navigation Satellite System in Arab states, according to a senior official with the Beidou program. The country is in talks with several Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to help them introduce Beidou-based positioning and navigational services, said Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office. “We will open cooperation with them in terms of technological exchanges, personnel training and promotion of Beidou-based applications,” he said on the sidelines of the Seventh China Satellite Navigation Conference, which opened in Changsha on Wednesday.

China’s Space Station Plans In Powerpoint: A Closer Look At Tiangong 3

May 12, 2016

  • The China Manned Space Agency released several Powerpoint slides showing a closer look at the Tiangong 3, China’s planned space station. Scheduled to be commissioned in 2022, the Tiangong 3 will be regularly visited by Shenzhou manned space vessels, and automated Tianzhou resupply vehicles. The core 22-ton module, “Tianhe 1”, which can accommodate a crew of three taikonauts for 40 days, will be launched in 2018, with the two attendant science modules to fly into orbit in the following four years. Tianhe 1 will have five access/docking ports, and a robotic arm. Tianhe 1 will contain a laboratory with integrated modular racks for storing scientific equipment and experiments. The Tiangong 3 can undergo future expansion by attaching additional Tianhe core modules.

China, U.S. hold first dialogue on outer space safety


  • China and the United States have held their first dialogue here on outer space safety. During the dialogue on Tuesday the two sides exchanged views on issues such as outer space policy, bilateral cooperation on space safety and multilateral space initiatives. The discussions were “pragmatic, in-depth and fruitful,” according to the Chinese delegation.

China launches Yaogan-30 via Long March 2D

May 15, 2016

  • The Chinese have launched the Yaogan-30 remote sensing satellite via a Long March (Chang Zheng) 2D (Y27) rocket on Sunday. The launch – from the from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center – took place at 02:43 UTC from the 603 Launch Platform at the LC43 Launch Complex. As is usual for the Chinese media, this spacecraft is once again classed as a new remote sensing bird that will be used for scientific experiments, land survey, crop yield assessment, and disaster monitoring.

China’s space program: The surprising tortoise

May 9, 2016

  • There are few areas where China is really competitive with the United States: high-speed computing, perhaps (China owns the world’s fastest computer), high-speed rail, enormous dam projects. Many of these “competitions” are mostly symbolic, but it is in outer space where Beijing is not only catching up quickly, but is on the verge of leaving the US space program – once the gold standard – in its wake.

Interview: China’s space technology extraordinary, impressive: Euro Space Center director


  • In recent years, the development of China’s space technology is “extraordinary, impressive”, which is favorable to build, together with other countries, a better world for all men of this planet, said the director of Euro Space Center. “All the people I met working in the Chinese space industry are obviously of very high quality, very high level,” said director of Euro Space Center Jean-Marcel Thomas, who visited China six months ago.

China aims for manned moon landing by 2036

Apr 29, 2016

  • China wants to put astronauts on the moon by 2036, a senior space official said, the latest goal in China’s ambitious lunar exploration program. China in 2003 became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States. It has touted its plans for moon exploration and in late 2013 completed the first lunar “soft landing” since 1976 with the Chang’e-3 craft and its Jade Rabbit rover.

NASA views China as ‘potential partner’ in civilian space

April 28, 2016

  • U.S. space agency NASA views China as a “potential partner,” not a threat, in the civilian space area, said its head Wednesday. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made the remakes at an event hosted by the Washington-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he discussed his agency’s role in U.S. international affairs.

China Focus: China open to Sino-U.S. space cooperation


  • China is open to space cooperation with all nations including the United States, the heavyweights of China’s space program said on Sunday, the anniversary of China’s first satellite launch 46 years ago. “China will not rule out cooperating with any country, and that includes the United States,” said Yang Liwei, China’s first astronaut.

China Marks First-ever “Space Day”


  • Today marks China’s first-ever “Space Day.” It’s also the 46th anniversary of the successful launch of the country’s first satellite, ‘Dong Fang Hong’ or ‘The East is Red.’ The country’s aerospace industry has become a high-tech sector with strategic significance. Three new-generation BeiDou navigation satellites were launched last year, and 98 percent of the components were Chinese made.

China approves Mars mission, lays out future space plans


  • The Chinese government has officially approved plans to launch an orbiter, lander and rover to Mars in 2020, a top official announced today at an event to celebrate 60 years of China’s space activities. Xu Dazhe, the head of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) which oversees China’s space activities, told to press in Beijing on Friday afternoon, ahead of the country’s first space day on April 24.

Watch Out SpaceX: China’s Space Start Up Industry Takes Flight

April 22, 2016

  • While SpaceX is leading the charge of private space companies in the United States, a new generation of Chinese start ups are entering the space race, backed by universities and hedge funds. The key difference is that these firms are starting small, focusing mostly on the goal of launching microsatellites. First up is Onespace, founded in June 2015, with support from the National Defense Science and Industry Bureau. Their flagship rocket is a 59 ton space launch vehicle with a launch date of 2018. It is designed to place a 500kg payload in low Earth orbit. Onespace hopes to launch microsatellites at a cost of 100,000 yuan per kilogram (or $6,500 per pound). They plan on displaying a rocket model in the Zhuhai 2016 Airshow, and completing a prototype by late 2017. Onespace also has ambitions eventually to build a manned space capsule.

China developing robotic arms for space stations: sources


  • Chinese scientists are developing robotic arms for the country’s space program, sources close to the research said Thursday. According to a source from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the Chinese space program, research on the project began in 2007, and so far experts have built a robotic arm over ten meters long. The arm is capable of both payload lifting and precision maneuvers while in space.

China to launch ‘core module’ for space station around 2018

Apr 21, 2016

  • China will launch a “core module” for its first space station some time around 2018, a senior official told the state-run Xinhua news agency on Thursday, part of a plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022. Advancing China’s space program is a priority for Beijing, with President Xi Jinping calling for the country to establish itself as a space power, and apart from its civilian ambitions Beijing has tested anti-satellite missiles.

China recovers Shijian-10 science capsule after 12 days in space


  • China has successfully recovered its Shijian-10 space science capsule after two weeks conducting research in the microgravity of low Earth orbit. The retrievable Shijian-10 spacecraft was launched on April 6, carrying 19 experiments in space life sciences, material science, radiation, microgravity fluid physics and combustion.

ESA head calls for ‘space without borders’ during first China visit


  • Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director-General of the European Space Agency, has completed his first visit to China, where he called for greater and open international cooperation in space. The trip to China, one of ESA’s three strategic partners, along with Nasa and Roscosmos of Russia, was described by ESA as a courtesy meeting and chance to meet and update on respective activities took place in late March and early April.

Out of This World! China Begins Testing Tiangong-2 Space Lab


  • China has completed the assembly and started testing its Tiangong-2 space laboratory, local media said on Tuesday.

Buzz Aldrin explains why China will be the next country to land humans on the Moon

Apr. 7, 2016

  • Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, told Tech Insider that China will definitely be the next country to successfully complete a crewed mission. And the evidence backs him up. While space budgets in the US and Russia have shrunk since the heyday of the Space Race, China is ramping up its spending.

Sending crude oil into space to study Earth’s depths

April 5, 2016

  • Containers of highly pressurised crude oil will be launched into space from China next week to help improve our knowledge of oil reservoirs buried kilometres underground. The Soret Coefficient in Crude Oil experiment will measure how hydrocarbon molecules redistribute when the temperature is not uniform. Learning how complex liquids behave is of interest to the petroleum industry and academia, who can apply the data to model real-life conditions of oil reservoirs deep underground. These measurements can only be performed in weightlessness.

China takes microgravity work to new heights

Apr. 5, 2016

  • China’s space science ambitions mark a new milestone today with the launch of a microgravity research satellite set for 2 a.m. Wednesday morning Beijing time. The Shijian-10 (SJ-10) spacecraft carries 20 experiments covering fluid physics, materials science, and the effects of radiation and microgravity on various biological systems. The mission deepens China’s international cooperation in space, carrying an experiment jointly developed with the European Space Agency (ESA). “We have been sharing scientific data and sharing results” with China, says Antonio Verga, an ESA microgravity researcher in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. In particular, ESA scientists worked with Chinese colleagues on the Geospace Double Star Exploration Program, though the mission’s two satellites were developed and launched by China’s National Space Science Center (NSSC). SJ-10 “is the first cooperative mission in which ESA is actually flying a piece of hardware on a Chinese mission,” Verga says.

China Unveils Plan to Mine the Moon for Helium-3

Apr 02, 2016

  • Chinese scientists have announced plans to mine the moon for its rare substance called Helium-3, which is enough to provide energy for nearly 10,000 years and solve the Earth’s energy crisis, according to a report by the Huffington Post UK. According to the report, China’s claim was based on tests showing that huge deposits of the substance were found on the moon that can be used as fuel for clean nuclear fusion reactors.

Long March 3A lofts Beidou-22 satellite

March 29, 2016

  • China conducted its third successful orbital launch of the year on Tuesday, orbiting another navigation satellite. The Beidou-22 (or Beidou-2 I6) satellite was launched by a Long March-3A rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Liftoff was confirmed – several hours after the event – as occurring at 20:11 UTC.

China Decommissions First Orbiting Space Laboratory

Mar 22, 2016

  • China decommissions its first space laboratory after completing full orbit that lasted more than two years in a bid to clear the atmosphere for the launch of its successor this 2016. The Tiangong-1 has terminated its data service after 1,630 days in orbit, the country’s manned space engineering department told the Xinhua News Agency on Monday.

China Exclusive: China’s aim to explore Mars


  • China is preparing to launch a Mars probe in 2020, and it is expected to arrive on the red planet in 2021, aerospace expert Ye Peijian has said. “Although we are not the first Asian nation to send a probe to Mars, we want to start at a higher level,” said Ye, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

China’s space science plans receive budget boost


  • Scientists working on China’s space science program expect to receive funding of around 5.9 billion yuan (US$ 910m) across the period of the country’s new Five Year Plan (2016-2020). The cash will fund a range of missions outlined in a national roadmap for space science for 2016-2030 produced by China’s National Space Science Centre (NSSC).

China’s Missile Manufacturer To Set Up Company For Commercial Launches

March 12, 2016

  • Fourth Academy of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC), a manufacturer of missiles, plans to use its solid-fuel rockets to tap into the international commercial launch market. Hu Shengyun, who heads solid-fuel rocket development at the Fourth Academy of CASIC, was quoted as saying by Chinamil Saturday that the company is considering founding a company dedicated to providing commercial launches for domestic and international clients.

Maiden Long March 7 flight to test China’s next-gen human spacecraft


  • New rockets that will enable China to build and service a space station and attempt interplanetary missions will soon be in action as the country steps up its space ambitions. The heavy lift Long March 5 will allow China to loft huge space station modules to low Earth orbit, send a craft to return samples from the Moon and launch its first independent Mars mission in 2020.

Domestic satellites providing 80 pct of China’s satellite data

Mar 10,2016

  • Chinese satellites are now providing more than 80 percent of the satellite data used in the country, according to a senior official with responsibility for defense procurement policy. Xu Dazhe, head of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), made the claim at a press conference on Thursday held to launch a new national satellite data database, developed as China has been building its own satellite constellation as an alternative to U.S.-operated GPS.

New engines to lift super-heavy rocket

2016-03-10 02:12

  • Chinese rocket engine designers have started to develop next-generation engines that will propel the nation’s future super-heavy rocket, which is tentatively called Long March 9, according to a senior rocket scientist. “Engineers at my academy are researching and developing a 500-ton-thrust liquid oxygen/kerosene engine and a 200-ton-thrust liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen engine that will be used on the future heavy-lift rocket,” Tan Yonghua, president of the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology and a national lawmaker, told China Daily on the sidelines of the annual session of the top legislature.

China Plans Space Telescope That Will Dock With Their Space Station

18 Mar , 2016

  • China has plans to build a new space telescope which should outperform Hubble. According to the Chinese English Language Daily, the new telescope will be similar to Hubble, but will have a field of view that is 300 times larger. The new telescope, which has not been named yet, will have the ability to dock with China’s modular space station, the Tiangong. The China National Space Administration has come up with a solution to a problem that dogged the Hubble Telescope. Whenever the Hubble needed repairs or maintenance, a shuttle mission had to be planned so astronauts could service it. China will avoid this problem with its innovative solution. The Chinese telescope will keep its distance from the Tiangong, but if repairs or maintenance are needed, it can dock with Tiangong.

Exploiting earth-moon space: China’s ambition after space station


  • China will manage to exploit the space between earth and the moon for solar power and other resources after it builds a space station in 2020, Lt Gen. Zhang Yulin, said Monday. The deputy chief of the armament development department of the Central Military Commission said preliminary work on the program had already begun. “The earth-moon space will be strategically important for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” said the national lawmaker.

China plans mission to land a probe on Mars in 2021

Mar 5, 2016

  • China plans to land a probe on Mars in 2021 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of founding of the ruling-Communist Party of China and a decade after its first failed mission in 2011, after which India, US, Russia and EU stole the march. “China is likely to launch a Mars probe in 2020. After months of flying, the probe is expected to land in Mars at the100th anniversary of the CPC. If successful, it will be a present from people working in the aerospace field,” Ye Peijian, a top official of China’s space programme, said.

China’s 2017 lunar sample return is step towards astronauts on the Moon, scientist says


  • China’s planned 2017 mission to collect and return samples from the Moon will be a step towards a human lunar landing, a top Chinese space official has said. The comments were made by Hu Hao, chief designer of the China Lunar Exploration Program’s (CLEP) sample return phase and a deputy to the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body.

110 Long March rockets to be launched in 5 years: scientist


  • A Chinese rocket scientist said Wednesday that 110 China-made Long March rockets will take to the skies over the next five years, as more models are developed. Liang Xiaohong, member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee and a former head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, said the past decade witnessed a rapid increase in the number of Long March rockets launched.

China’s lunar probe sets record for longest stay


  • Chang’e-3, China’s first lunar lander, has been operating on the moon for over two years, the longest time for an active probe, according to a Chinese scientist. The probe has exceeded its operational life of one year and has been in service for 15 extra months since landing on the moon on Dec 14, 2013. “It seems that Chang’e-3 will continue to keep working,” said Ye Peijian, chief scientist with the Chang’e-3 program.

How China is sending man back to the Moon to mine safe nuclear power and become the world’s energy giant

29 Feb 2016

  • China’s lunar exploration programme is proceeding fast, strongly attracted by the prospect of helium-3 mining. In 2013 China managed to land a lunar robot lander. The final stage of their current programme intends sending a robotic craft to the Moon that will return lunar rocks to the Earth.

China to launch second space lab Tiangong-2 in Q3


  • China will send its second orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 into space in the third quarter of this year, which is expected to dock with a cargo ship scheduled to be launched in the first half of next year, sources from the manned space program said Sunday. As part of the country’s space lab program, China also plans to launch the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, which will carry two astronauts on board, in the fourth quarter of this year to dock with Tiangong-2, according to the program’s spokesperson.

China plans to launch first micro-gravity satellite in April

February 26, 2016

  • China’s first micro-gravity experimental satellite is scheduled to be launched in April of this year. The Shijian-10 satellite has arrived at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu province on Wednesday, ahead of its scheduled launch in April. The Shijian-10 is the first micro-gravity experimental satellite in China designed for conducting scientific experiments in space, says Li Chunhua, deputy chief designer of the Shijian-10.

Chinese scientists invent leak detection system for moon exploration


  • Chinese scientists have developed a system to measure the leak rate for a vacuum environment which will be used in the country’s third step moon exploration program. According to scientists at the Lanzhou Institute of Physics under the China Academy of Space Technology, the measurement system will help scientists figures out a better way to preserve samples from the moon, which are stored in a vacuum capsule, increasing the accuracy of research.

China Conducts Final Tests on Most Powerful Homegrown Rocket


  • China’s largest and most powerful rocket the Long March 5 underwent final tests at the Wen-chang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province.

Tiangong-2: Video shows docking system for China’s new space lab


  • This year China will launch its second space lab, Tiangong-2, as the country gears up for constructing its first space station. Tiangong-2 is expected to be orbited sometime in the first half of the year by a Long March 2F/G rocket, and will test life support, docking and refuelling technologies crucial to the Chinese space station plans.

China’s Gaofen-4 delivers incredible images from high Earth orbit


  • You may well have already seen hundreds of glorious satellite images of our planet, but there’s something special about these latest high resolution releases. While most shots are taken in low Earth orbit a few hundred kilometres above the ground, China’s Gaofen-4 – the world’s most powerful geostationary optical satellite – has delivered these shots from an altitude of almost 36,000km.

China to launch nearly 40 Beidou navigation satellites in five years


  • China plans to launch nearly 40 Beidou navigation satellites in the next five years to support its global navigation and positioning network, a spokesperson said Wednesday. By the end of 2018, another 18 satellites will be put into orbit for Beidou’s navigation service, said Ran Chengqi, spokesperson of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System and also director of the China Satellite Navigation Office.

China’s second launch of 2016 boosts Beidou navigation system


  • China on Monday performed its second space launch of the year by sending a Beidou positioning, navigation and timing satellite into orbit. The launch of Beidou M3-S on a Long March 3C rocket took place at the Xichang launch centre in the hills of the country’s southwestern Sichuan Province at 15:29 local time (07:29 UTC).

China Just Released True Color HD Photos Of The Moon

Jan 30, 2016

  • This month, the China National Space Administration released all of the images from their recent moon landing to the public. There are now hundreds and hundreds of never-before-seen true color, high definition photos of the lunar surface available for download. The images were taken a few years ago by cameras on the Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu rover. In December of 2013, China joined the ranks of Russia and the United States when they successfully soft-landed on the lunar surface, becoming the third country ever to accomplish this feat.

China To Launch Powerful Civilian Hyperspectral Satellite

January 25, 2016

  • Electro-optical devices like cameras and infrared sensors generally observe only one band in the electromagnetic spectrum, i.e. cameras observe the band visible to human eyesight and infrared cameras view the infrared band. Hyperspectral cameras and sensors, on the other hand, can simultaneously view hundreds of electromagnetic bands for a single image, building a layered ‘cube’ of the image in different electromagnetic wavelengths. The use of such a wide range of wavelengths provides the ability to observe objects which conceal their emissions in one part of the spectrum (i.e. stealth aircraft and thermally suppressed engines) or are hidden (such as underground bunkers).

China’s Shenlong space plane is part of growing space warfare program: Gertz

January 25, 2016

  • A Chinese military expert disclosed earlier this month that a Chinese space plane known as the Shenlong will likely be deployed with the newly formed Strategic Support Force, the PLA’s new high-technology warfare unit. A Jan. 8 report in Hong Kong’s Tung Fang Jih Pao quotes official military commentator Song Zhongping as saying the Strategic Support Force will be made up of an Internet Army, an Aerospace Army and Electronic Warfare Troops.

China’s launch of new carrier rockets settled


  • China’s new carrier rockets, Long March-5 and Long March-7, will make their maiden space flights in June and about the end of September or early October, respectively, reported on Sunday. Long March-5 is currently being tested at a launch site in South China’s Hainan Province, according to the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASC).

China shoots for first landing on far side of the moon (Update)

January 15, 2016

  • China will launch a mission to land on the far side of the moon in two years’ time, state media reported, in what will be a first for humanity. The moon’s far hemisphere is never directly visible from Earth and while it has been photographed, with the first images appearing in 1959, it has never been explored.

China opens 2016 campaign with Long March 3B launch of Belintersat-1

January 15, 2016

  • The Chinese have conducted their first orbital launch of 2016 with the lofting of a new communications satellite for Belarus. Belintersat-1 was launched at 16:57 UTC on Friday via a Long March 3B/G2 rocket. The launch was conducted from the Xichang’s Satellite Launch Center’s LC3 pad.

Electric vehicles in deep space: China hails its new ion thruster for rockets as the world’s best

13 January, 2016

  • China has finished building the world’s most powerful ion thruster and will soon use it to improve the mobility and lifespan of its space assets, according to a state media report this week. Researchers at the 502 research institute, which operates under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. in Beijing, have delivered a new-generation Hall-effect thruster unit to Chinese customers in the space industry, the report by the Science and Technology Daily stated.

Lunar mission moves a step closer


  • China has developed the manufacturing techniques for a key part to be used on its super-heavy rocket that will fulfill the nation’s manned missions to the moon. The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, working with other Chinese institutes, has developed a super-large interstage ring to be used to connect stages of the rocket, tentatively called the Long March 9.

China to launch record-breaking 20 space missions in 2016

January 8 2016

  • A researcher works on a satellite in Changchun, Jilin province, in December. The satellite is designed to monitor and research global carbon dioxide emissions. (via China Daily) China will conduct more than 20 space missions this year, including a manned one and the maiden flights of two rockets, according to the nation’s major space contractor.

China aims to expand space collaboration in next five years

08 January 2016

  • China signed 31 inter-government agreements to collaborate on space-related programmes during the country’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), and aims to continue that momentum over the next five-year period, it was announced on 7 January. In a statement China’s State Administration for Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), which oversees the development of the country’s aerospace and defence industry, said that during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), China will seek to continue to expand space co-operation with international partners.

Robotic telescope built by China and Thailand put into operation

Jan 07, 2016

  • A robotic 70 cm telescope built jointly by China and Thailand has been put into operation in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, a local scientist said Wednesday. The telescope, which was installed at an observation station at Yunnan Observatory in Lijiang city, was completed last December, said Qian Shengbang, a research fellow with the observatory.

Five minor planets named after top Chinese scientists


  • Five minor planets have been named after top Chinese scientists, including the country’s first Nobel laureate scientist Tu Youyou, at a ceremony held Monday. The naming was suggested by the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet Center (MPC). Chinese vice premier Liu Yandong awarded scientists certificates at the ceremony.

Chang’e-3 landing site named ‘Guang Han Gong’


  • The landing site of China’s first moon lander Chang’e-3 has been named “Guang Han Gong” or “Moon Palace”, more than two years after the spacecraft made a successful soft-landing on the moon in December 2013. Together with three nearby impact craters, the name was approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) announced on Tuesday. In Chinese mythology, Chang’e is the goddess of the moon while “Guang Han Gong” is the palace that houses Chang’e and her pet Yutu (Jade Rabbit).

China’s Largest Spherical Telescope Enters Last Stage of Construction

Jan 1, 2016

  • The construction of China’s largest single-aperture spherical telescope “FAST,” located in the mountains of Guizhou Province in southwest China, has entered its final stage. The assembly of the reflectors on the telescope, with a dish the size of 30 football fields, is 56 percent finished and is expected to be completed by April this year.

World’s biggest radio telescope and first-ever quantum satellite: China’s top 5 scientific plans for 2016

30 December, 2015

  • Chinese scientists are expected to open portals to new and uncharted territory in 2016 with some of the world’s most powerful and costly research hardware at their disposal.

Gaofen satellite system generates millions of images for China’s ministries, regional governments


  • The Gaofen Earth observation satellite system has snapped more than 4 million photos over the past few years, benefiting land resource management, forest surveying, fire prevention and agricultural forecasting across China. The Ministry of Land and Resources alone has received 695,000 images taken by the Gaofen-1 and 239,000 by the Gaofen-2 and used them to survey natural resources, locate water sources for border defense units, pinpoint disaster hazards, handle emergencies and monitor urban construction, said Fang Hongbin, a senior expert at the ministry’s China Aero Geophysical Survey and Remote Sensing Center.

Long March 3B lofts Gaofen-4 to close out 2015

December 28, 2015

  • The Chinese have closed out the year with the launch of its Long March 3B/G2 rocket. The launch involved the orbiting of a geostationary remote sensing bird, known as Gaofen-4 (GF-4). It was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 16:05 UTC. Gaofen-4 is China’s first geosynchronous orbit remote sensing satellite featuring a visible light and infra-red staring optical imager with a common optical system.

Chinese rover analyzes moon rocks: First new ‘ground truth’ in 40 years

December 22, 2015

  • In 2013, Chang’e-3, an unmanned lunar mission, touched down on the northern part of the Imbrium basin, one of the most prominent of the lava-filled impact basins visible from Earth. It was a beautiful landing site, said Bradley L. Jolliff, PhD, the Scott Rudolph Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, who is a participant in an educational collaboration that helped analyze Chang’e-3 mission data. The lander touched down on a smooth flood basalt plain next to a relatively fresh impact crater (now officially named the Zi Wei crater) that had conveniently excavated bedrock from below the regolith for the Yutu rover to study.

Satellite network is going global


  • China plans to establish a remote-sensing satellite network with global coverage by setting up more ground stations overseas, a move that will facilitate public services in China and other nations, an industry insider said on Tuesday. Yin Liming, president of China Great Wall Industry, the country’s sole provider of commercial satellite launch services, told the Third Aerospace Internationalization Forum in Beijing that China is willing to work with foreign space agencies and international organizations to establish the network, which will mainly depend on Chinese-made satellites.

China to Launch Its 1st Dark-matter Exploration Satellite


  • China is to launch its first dark-matter exploration satellite on Thursday. As one of the greatest mysteries in modern astrophysics, dark matter cannot be seen with telescopes but accounts for most of the matter in the universe. Its existence has been inferred from the effects it has on visible matter, radiation, and the universe’s large-scale structure.

China launches Zhongxing-1C military satellite to geostationary orbit


  • China on Wednesday launched Zhongxing-1C, the second of a new series of military communications satellites, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. A Long March 3B/G2 carrier rocket lifted off at 16:46 UTC December 9 (00:46 December 10 Beijing time), sending the 5,200kg satellite towards a geostationary orbit.

Prospects for US-China space cooperation

December 7, 2015

  • Congressman John Culberson, who is opposed to dialogue with China in the peaceful uses of outer space, responded to a request for information from Space Policy Online about the first US-China Civil Space Dialogue held September 28, 2015 in Beijing by affirming his role enabled by the so-called “Wolf Amendment.” He said, “I intend to vigorously enforce the longstanding prohibitions designed to protect America’s space program.” NASA responded to Rep. Culberson that they had acted within the law. However, NASA had not informed him about the meeting and its contents. Clearly, this is a separation of powers issue where the Executive Branch has the responsibility of pursuing foreign policy and does not have to ask permission of the House Appropriations Committee to engage in dialogue with China.

Junk-Eating Rocket Engine Could Clear Space Debris

December 3, 2015

  • Today, Lei Lan and pals from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, propose a different solution. Their idea is to build an engine that converts space debris into propellant and so can maneuver itself almost indefinitely as it mops up the junk. Lei and co focus their efforts on debris that is smaller than 10 centimeters in size, the stuff that laser ablation cannot tackle. Their idea is to capture the debris using a net and then transfer it to a ball mill. This is a rotating cylinder partially filled with abrasion-resistant balls that grind the debris into powder. This powder is heated and fed into a system that separates positively charged ions from negatively charged electrons. The positive ions then pass into a powerful electric field that accelerates them to high energy, generating thrust as they are expelled as exhaust. The electrons are also expelled to keep the spacecraft electrically neutral.

China plans to launch carbon-tracking satellites into space

Nov 30, 2015

  • China plans to launch satellites to monitor its greenhouse gas emissions as the country, estimated to be the world’s top carbon emitter, steps up its efforts to cut such emissions, official news agency Xinhua said on Monday.

China launches sensitive Yaogan-29 imaging satellite


  • China successfully launched its Yaogan-29 remote sensing satellite on a Long March 4C rocket early on Friday from the Taiyuan satellite launch centre in Shanxi Province. The launch took place at 05:24 Beijing time (21:24 UTC Thursday), making it China’s 16th orbital launch of 2015 so far.

US-China Space Hotline Set Up To Avoid Conflict

23 November 2015

  • US and China created the direct link so that they can easily share technical information about their space operations, hopefully avoiding misunderstandings and accidents. The line has been likened to the nuclear hotlines used during the Cold War. There is already a line between Moscow and Washington which was set up during the era of heightened tensions between Russia and the US.

LaoSat-1: China launches first satellite for Laos on Long March 3B


  • China has launched the first satellite for the Southeast Asian country of Laos on a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. Laosat-1, which was designed, developed and delivered on-orbit by China, blasted off from Xichang in Sichuan Province at 16:07 UTC Friday (00:07 Beijing time on Saturday, November 21).

Beidou Satellite Generating Billions for China’s Major Firms

Nov 17, 2015

  • China’s Beidou satellite has created $31.5 billion revenue for major companies in the country, 15 years since the satellite system was launched, China Daily reported. The report said that the GPS-like navigational system is helping to generate revenue for online clients that include China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp., AutoNavi Holdings Ltd., and China North Industries Group Corp., among others.

China Second only to the U.S. in Terms of Number of Satellites: Chief Engineer


  • China currently has over 140 satellites in orbit with stable operation, second only to the U.S. in terms of satellite ownership, said a Chinese engineer from the national defense field at a satellite exhibition. Satellites have been used in socioeconomic development, resource protection, disaster prevention and relief and for the nurturing of emerging industries, according to Tian Yulong, chief engineer of the China National Space Administration.

China to launch Dark Matter Satellite in December

November 15, 2015

  • China is planning to launch its Dark Matter Particle Explorer Satellite, developed to study dark matter and high-energy particles in space, in mid-December after it left Shanghai today for the launch centre in the country’s northwest Gansu Province. Developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) Satellite left Shanghai with its carrier Long March 2-D rocket and is expected to be launched at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.

China to better integrate satellite applications with Internet


  • China will step up satellite application and its integration with emerging Internet industries to promote economic development, an official said Friday. China has built a complete aerospace industry with nearly 60 years of development. More than 130 satellites are operating stably in orbit.

China launches Yaogan Weixing-28 via Long March 4B

November 8, 2015

  • The Chinese launched another satellite on the Yaogan Weixing series on Sunday. Launch of Yaogan Weixing-28 took place at 07:06 UTC using a Long March-4B launch vehicle from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

Chinese Mars Lander Unveiled

November 3, 2015

  • China is showing off a model of a Mars mission it plans to launch in 2020. A one-third scale model of the proposed spacecraft went on display Tuesday at the 17th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. The mission, scheduled for launch in 2020, will include both an orbiter and a lander.

China Launches New Communication Satellite

Nov 3, 2015

  • China successfully launched a new communication satellite Zhongxing-2C (Chinasat-2C) on Wednesday morning from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The satellite was launched at 00:25, and then entered its preset orbit. Zhongxing-2C is a broadcasting communications satellite that could provide signal transmission services for various institutions, including broadcasting stations , television stations and wireless transmission devices across China.

Long March 3B launches with Chinasat-2C

November 3, 2015

  • China launched a new communications satellite on Tuesday – one that may sport military applications. The Zhongxing-2C spacecraft – otherwise known as Chinasat-2C – was launched at 16:25 UTC, lifting off via a Long March 3B/G2 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

New rocket readies for liftoff in 2016


  • China is preparing to launch a new-generation quick-response rocket in 2016 to seize more of the international commercial launch market, industry insiders said. The Kuaizhou-11, or Fast Vessel-11, is being developed by the Fourth Academy of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, a major supplier of missiles to the People’s Liberation Army. Its first launch is planned for late 2016 or early 2017, said Zhang Di, head of the company’s space projects department, at the First China Commercial Launch Forum in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Friday.

Special glass developed for China’s future space station

Nov 2, 2015

  • A company in north China’s Hebei Province has developed window glass that can be used in space station illumination systems.

NASA’s Bolden optimistic on human spaceflight with Chin


  • NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has stated his belief that his agency will eventually begin working with China in human spaceflight, despite a Congressional banning bilateral cooperation. “I am optimistic because we do work with China, we work collaboratively with them with Congressional knowledge,” Bolden said on Wednesday at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank.

China to set up civil satellite systems by 2020


  • China aims to complete the construction of satellite systems for remote sensing, communications and navigation before 2020, a national plan showed Thursday. The three satellite systems should be able to provide continuous and stable service, according to the plan for long-term development of civil space infrastructure posted on the website of the National Development and Reform Commission, the top economic planner.

China Launches New Mapping Satellite

Oct 26, 2015

  • China launched a Tianhui I-03 mapping satellite Monday afternoon. The satellite was launched at 15:10 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province. It then entered its preset orbit. The satellite will mainly be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land resource surveys, map territory, estimate crop yields, take precautions against disasters and reduce damages.

China launches Tianhui-1-03 imaging satellite on Long March 2D rocket


  • China launched the Tianhui-1-03 Earth observation satellite at 7:10 UTC Monday on a Long March 2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. The Long March launch was China’s 12th of 2015 and 215th overall, adding to China’s growing constellations of Earth observation satellites.

China invited to join the plan to build a village on the moon

October 23, 2015

  • The European Space Agency (ESA) is planning to build a village on the moon. No, not a tiny research facility with a couple of sparse structures, but a full-on, habitable village with citizens from around the world, facilitated by robotic astronaut missions and supported by communication satellites. The new Director General of the ESA, Professor Johann-Dietrich Woerner, proposed the plan for a village on the moon at the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem last week. Woerner sees the moon as a place to bridge Earthly problems. He also invited China to join the Moon village plan. He envisions the Moon village having astronauts, Russian cosmonauts, and Chinese taikonauts. “We should have international cooperation, without any limitations, with any countries of the world,” he added.

China puts new communication satellite into orbit

Oct 16, 2015

  • China on Saturday put a new communication satellite “APSTAR-9” into orbit in a commercial mission by the Long March-3B carrier rocket. It was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the country’s southwest.

China Exclusive: China aims to go deeper into space


  • As China’s exploration of the moon progresses, its space experts have begun considering going deeper into the solar system – to Mars, asteroids and Jupiter – and a manned deep-space mission. At a recent conference on deep-space exploration in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, an official urged scientists and technologists to have a pioneering spirit.

Chinese lunar lander’s telescope is still working a year and a half later


  • In 2013, China became the most recent nation to land hardware on the Moon. It successfully placed the Chang’E 3 lander on the surface of the Mare Imbrium, near the lunar north pole. The lander then deployed a rover named Yutu, which explored the surface for several weeks before suffering a mechanical failure. Communications with the rover were lost completely earlier this year. Often forgotten in the focus on the rover is the fact that Chang’E 3 had a variety of scientific instruments on board. And recently, the scientists behind one of them provided a progress update on their hardware, a UV telescope. Despite the harsh lunar environment, the telescope has now sent back 18 months of data and is still going strong.

China’s Space Station Planners Put out Welcome Mat

October 13, 2015

  • China is soliciting international participation in its future manned space station in the form of foreign modules that would attach to the three-module core system, visits by foreign crew-transport vehicles for short stays and the involvement of non-Chinese researchers in placing experiments on the complex, the chief designer of China’s manned space program said Oct. 12. But he declined to commit to an international orbital docking technology that would facilitate international participation in the Chinese facility.

NASA chief says ban on Chinese partnerships is temporary

Oct 12, 2015

  • The United States should include China in its human space projects or face being left out of new ventures to send people beyond the International Space Station, NASA chief Charles Bolden said on Monday. Since 2011, the U.S. space agency has been banned by Congress from collaborating with China, due to human rights issues and national security concerns.

China launches first commercial-use Earth imaging satellite


  • China has sent its first commercial use remote sensing satellite into orbit after a successful launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at 12:13 Beijing time (04:13 UTC) on Wednesday. A Long March 2D rocket launched the Jilin 1 satellite constellation, which consists of a primary high definition optical satellite, as well as two Lingqiao video satellites and a fourth, LQSat, to test space technology.

Exhibition on Late Space Scientist Qian Xuesen’s Life, Career Held in Caltech

Oct 05, 2015

  • An extraordinary exhibition was held in California Institute of Technology (Caltech) on Friday, Oct. 2, focusing on the life of China’s late space scientist Qian Xuesen, who is considered the “Father of Chinese Rocketry,” the Xinhua News Agency reported. Qian was born in China and studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Caltech in the United States. The exhibition titled “Qian Xuesen: a man of science and an inspiration to scholars” also marked the 60th anniversary of Qian’s return to China from the U.S. in 1955. Before his return to China, Qian studied and worked in the United States for two decades, and made important contributions in applied mechanics, aeronautical engineering and many other fields. Qian, a founding member of the rocket research group in Caltech, was also involved in the formation of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and also made significant contributions to the victory of allied forces during World War II.

World’s Largest Radio Telescope under Construction in SW China

Published on Oct 2, 2015

Space: Chinese Wartime Satellite Launcher

October 1, 2015

  • On September 20 2015 China successfully tested the latest version of its Long March satellite launcher; Long March 6 (LM 6). This version is optimized for putting multiple small satellites in orbit on the same mission and on short notice. The test launch put twenty small scientific satellites into orbit. LM 6 is a 103 ton liquid fueled rocket that can put a ton of payload into a 700 kilometers high orbit. LM 6 can operate from a standard satellite launch facility or from a TEL (transporter erector launcher) vehicle (which is basically a slightly larger trailer similar to those used for hauling tanks). LM 6 was also designed to be made ready for launch quickly (six days or so) giving it a military capability. That means if China has to get a surveillance or communications satellite in orbit quickly, LM 6 is the solution. China is also developing small surveillance and communications satellites for such emergencies.

China’s 4th Navigation Satellite of New generation Launched

China launches 20th Beidou navigation satellite | 2015-09-30

  • XICHANG, Sichuan Province, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) — China launched a new-generation satellite into orbit that will support its global navigation and positioning network at 7:13 a.m. Beijing Time Wednesday. Launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3B carrier rocket. It was the 20th satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), and puts China one step closer to providing an alternative to the U.S.-operated GPS. For the first time the satellite featured a hydrogen atomic clock. A series of tests related to the clock and a new navigation-signal system will be undertaken, according to a statement from the center.

China and the US hold first space collaboration talks

28 September 2015

  • China and the United States have held their first meeting to promote co-operation and transparency in relation to space. The “space dialogue”, held in Beijing on 28 September, is notable in light of US sanctions imposed on China since 1989 that prohibit transfers of US military, space, and nuclear technologies. The US Department of State said that the inaugural meeting saw US and Chinese officials exchanging information on space policies and space exploration, and discussing potential collaboration in space activities including those related to satellite systems, observation, space sciences, space debris and outer space. China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said the dialogue marked the establishment of a mechanism for achieving co-operation in space and aerospace-related fields “in order to increase mutual understanding and trust”.

China’s Beidou to Provide Decimeter-accurate Positioning System at Year-end

China debuts Long March 11 lofting Tianwang-1 trio

September 24, 2015

  • Following the successful debut launch of the Long March-6 rocket just days previous, China has now debuted the new Long March-11 solid launch vehicle, orbiting three “Tianwang-1″ satellites with Portuguese technology on board. The launch, which included at least one other small satellite – Pujian-1 – took place at 01:41 UTC on Friday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

China launches new carrier rocket with 20 satellites

China Focus: China’s new carrier rocket succeeds in 1st trip 2015-09-20

  • TAIYUAN, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) — China successfully launched a new model of carrier rocket, Long March-6, at 7:01 a.m. Sunday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province. The rocket carried 20 micro-satellites into the space for space tests. The new rocket, fueled by liquid propellant made of liquid oxygen and kerosene, is China’s first carrier rocket that uses fuel free of toxicity and pollution, said Gao Xinhui, an official at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. “Using such propellant can cut costs by a great margin,” he said.

10 year old boy in Anhui discovers supernova

Staff Reporter 2015-09-18

  • A third-year elementary school student in Anhui is likely to become the youngest supernova discoverer in the world, reports state-owned Nanjing-based online news outlet The supernova, which was said to be discovered by Liao Jiaming, a 10-year-old student in Hefei, is nine times bigger than the sun, and situated in the PGC16301 Camelopardalis galaxy, 220 million light-years away from the earth. Liao joined a public project in August called the Xingming Observatory Supernova Search Project (PSP project), organized by Xinjiang’s Xingming Observatory and Chinese Virtual Observatory (China-VO) which searches for celestial bodies.

China Launches Ninth HD Earth-observation Satellite

China launches hi-res Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite

Andrew Jones 2015/09/14

  • China on Monday quietly launched the Gaofen-9 high-resolution Earth observation satellite on a Long March 2D rocket from the Jiuquan satellite launch centre in the Gobi desert. The launch went ahead at 12:42 Beijing time (04:42 UTC) with the only warning coming from a prior airspace notification. The successful launch was confirmed by state-run CCTV. Gaofen-9 is the fourth to be launched from what is expected to be eight or nine satellites forming the China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS).

China builds museum in honour of 1st nuke, space scientists

Posted on: 04:21 PM IST Sep 13, 2015

  • Beijing: China has built a museum to commemorate those who made the country’s first hydrogen bomb and satellites in the 1960s and early 1970s, an official said on Sunday. Located on the Huairou campus of CAS University – some 60 kms from Beijing, the museum is housed at the site of the Academy’s former rocket test base founded in 1958. The base was used to develop ground test operations for high-energy liquid propellants and engines for long-range rockets. It is the first time some researchers have had their contributions and names revealed publicly, said Cao Xiaoye, vice secretary-general of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), that carried out the construction.

China Launches First Communication Technology Experiment Satellite

Long March 3B conducts another secretive launch

September 12, 2015

  • A super-secretive satellite was launched by China from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Saturday. Launch of the unknown spacecraft – unofficially claimed to be the Communications Engineering Test Satellite -1 (TXJSSY-1) – took place at 15:42 UTC using a Long March-3B (Chang Zheng-3B) rocket, as the Chinese continue their build up in space.

China to build high altitude observatory

Last Updated: Friday, September 11, 2015

  • Chengdu: China will invest more than one billion yuan (about $157 million) to build a high altitude observatory to monitor cosmic rays, authorities said on Friday. The observatory, the second of its kind in China, will be built in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, said Cao Zhen, a research fellow with the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) under Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Garze government and IHEP inked an agreement on Wednesday that will see the observatory built on Haizi Mountain in Daocheng County, where the average altitude is 4,410 metres, Xinhua reported.

China plans first ever lunar probe landing on the moon’s far side

The Associated Press Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  • BEIJING – China’s increasingly ambitious space program plans to attempt the first-ever landing of a lunar probe on the moon’s far side, a leading engineer said. The Chang’e 4 mission is planned for sometime before 2020, Zou Yongliao from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ moon exploration department told state broadcaster CCTV in an interview broadcast on Wednesday. Zou said the mission’s objective would be to study geological conditions on the moon’s far side, also known as the dark side.

South African satellite company signs deal with China’s only commercial satellite operator

Nye Longman – Technology – Sep 02, 2015

  • Dr Sias Mostert of Space Commercial Services Holdings (SCSH), on behalf of a subsidiary SCS Global Information (SCS Gi), and Dr Wei Sun of Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Asia (21AT), have signed a Master Distributor Agreement for the marketing and sales of high-resolution satellite imagery from their recently launched TripleSat Constellation. SCSH is South Africa’s largest private satellite company with a speciality in small satellite assembly, integration and global information services. Based in Beijing, Twenty First Century Aerospace 21AT is China’s only earth observation commercial satellite operator’s-only-commercial-satellite-operator

China’s lunar orbiter gets close-up pictures of the Moon

Updated: 2015-09-03

  • An image of a planned Moon landing site captured by an orbiting service module put in place by China’s returned unmanned lunar orbiter launched in October last year.[Photo/Xinhua]
  • BEIJING – China obtained detailed images of a planned Moon landing site on Wednesday, where a future Chang’e-5 mission is expected to conduct a soft landing and collect samples. The pictures, with a resolution of 1 meter, were captured by an orbiting service module put in place by the country’s returned unmanned lunar orbiter launched in October last year, according to a statement by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

Progress for Tiangong 2

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 01, 2015

  • At some time in 2016, China will launch the Tiangong 2 space laboratory. The launch will break a fairly long period of inactivity for China’s human spaceflight program, which underwent an uncommon surge of activity after Tiangong 1 was launched. 2014 and 2015 have been years without any Chinese astronaut launches, so we are keen to see some more action.

Astrophysicists find supermassive black holes in quasar nearest Earth

August 27, 2015

  • Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found that Markarian 231 (Mrk 231), the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar, is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other.
  • “We are extremely excited about this finding because it not only shows the existence of a close binary black hole in Mrk 231, but also paves a new way to systematically search binary black holes via the nature of their ultraviolet light emission,” said Youjun Lu of the National Astronomical Observatories of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences. “The structure of our universe, such as those giant galaxies and clusters of galaxies, grows by merging smaller systems into larger ones, and binary black holes are natural consequences of these mergers of galaxies,” added co-investigator Xinyu Dai of the University of Oklahoma.

China Launches Remote Sensing Satellite

Alibaba Teams Up With Norinco To Provide Positioning Services Using China’s Beidou Satellite System

Yue Wang Contributor Aug 18, 2015

  • China’s own satellite navigation system has found a new ally as Beijing pushes for wider use of the Beidou, a homegrown rival to the United States’ Global Positioning System(GPS). China North Industries Group (Norinco Group), a state-owned military group responsible for developing Beidou, and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba on Tuesday set up a joint venture to provide location-based services using Beidou’s satellites and online networks, reported China’s government news agency Xinhua. The Shanghai-based JV has a registered capital of 2 billion yuan($310 million), with each company holding 50%, according to Norinco.

China’s Long March 5 Space Rocket Stretches Its Legs With environmentally friendly engines

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer Posted August 21, 2015

  • On August 17th, China successfully test-fired the second stage of the Long March 5 space launch rocket. This was the last of pre- systems integration testing and thus a key milestone to ensure the LM-5’s timely maiden flight in 2016. The second stage of the LM-5 is vital for Chinese high orbit satellites and extraterrestial missions, such as lunar exploration. While the basic LM-5 doesn’t have a second stage, the LM-5B will be able to use its second stage to place up to 14 tons into geosynchronous orbit (including military payloads like electronics and intelligence satellites), or to deliver a payload to the moon, like the Chang’e 5 lunar rover. The LM-5’s heavy low orbit and geosynchronous payload will firmly place China among the world’s leading space powers in terms of technology, as well as serving as a stepping stone to even more powerful rockets, like the 130-ton payload Long March 9.

Frenemies In Space; China Needs To Protect Its Assets, Too

Saadia M. Pekkanen Contributor Aug 26, 2015

  • Much of what the U.S. is doing appears to be directed at the famed China threats in outer space that we hear so much about — the irresponsible debris-creating Chinese behavior, the increasing Chinese counterspace capabilities. There might be limits to straight-line projections. The nondiscriminatory realities of orbital debris may lead China to back away from what are effectively space suicide missions that can devastate all equally. There is also the huge technological uncertainty that comes with militarizing or weaponizing space in the face of an opposed U.S. military, and now a spreading US-centric coalition framework worldwide. Not to be forgotten is the cost of traveling down this road, problematic in light of a downturn in China’s economy and a populace that might be more difficult to placate with technology fireworks alone if negative economic conditions are prolonged.
  • We should remember: China’s space assets are just as important to Chinese comprehensive security in the long run as to all other ambitious space powers. China wants to protect its space assets as much as the U.S. does its own. Although other motives might be at play, this may be one reason why the Chinese military has already reached out to the U.S. military more formally and directly on SSA issues. It is an opportunity that the U.S. military can help shape in prudent and watchful ways. This would not be naïve, just responsible behavior for the U.S. too.

China successfully tests power system for largest space rocket

By PTI | 17 Aug, 2015

  • BEIJING: China today successfully tested the power system of a Long March-5 carrier, stated to be the largest space launch vehicle that will be used in the Chang’e-5 lunar mission around 2017. Using non-toxic and non-polluting liquefied propellant, the engines of the rocket were fired on the ground.

World war brews in space between China, US and Russia

August 15, 2015

  • Three leading superpowers: Russia, China and the US are reportedly developing, testing and deploying sophisticated weapons in outer space in advance of a military attack that could see the first great conflict between sparring superpowers in 70 years. A conflict that Popular Science described as “A New Cold War in the Void of Space”.
  • In 2007, China angered the space community after sending a missile to blow up one of its defunct satellites, leaving a debris field of over 3000 pieces to float in space like garbage. In 2013, they struck again, launching a rocket that reached 6,250 miles into orbit. “The Chinese have continued to test [anti-satellite weapons] since the year 2007,” US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said. “There have been additional tests that didn’t destroy a satellite since that time. The testing has continued so that is an ongoing concern, something that we are watching.”

Beidou satellites begin autonomous operation in space

Updated: 2015-08-14

  • BEIJING – After more than 10 days in space, China’s 19th Beidou navigation satellite is working autonomously and has set up a link with another satellite. The two satellites were launched on the same day by a Long March III-B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province, southwest China, on July 25. Xie Jun, chief designer of the Beidou navigation satellite system, says China has successfully tested the autonomous control technology of the Beidou global navigation satellite constellation, an alternative to U.S.-operated GPS, marking a solid step toward building a system with global coverage.

China Exclusive: China’s “sky eyes” help protect world heritage Angkor Wat 2015-08-10

  • Now China’s eyes in the sky are providing a new level of protection for the ruins of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, the magnificent temple of the Khmer Empire, which faces inundation by tourists and environmental dangers. Chinese satellites are using remote sensing to collect and process images of the site in real time. The technology offers particular advantages in instantly observing and analyzing the effects of natural disasters.

China to deploy space-air-ground sensors for environment protection 2015-08-04

  • BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — China will build a space-air-ground integrated sensing system to detect and stop pollution, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection Tuesday. China’s central authorities decided in July to build a comprehensive ecological environment monitoring system that will have the ability for automatic early warning using surveillance sites across the country.

China Headlines: Earth’s “ear” probes for sound from universe 2015-08-01

  • With an investment of 1.2 billion yuan (196 million U.S. dollars), China’s largest ever astronautics project was begun in March 2011 and will be completed in September next year. Technicians are assembling the telescope’s reflector, which is 500 meters in diameter and made up of 4,450 panels. Each panel is an equilateral triangle with a side length of 11 meters. Cables are fixed to the back of each panel so that it can change positions with an accuracy of 1 mm, ensuring the telescope can receive from different angles.
  • Once completed, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope, or “FAST”, will overtake Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, which is 305 meters in diameter. It will be 10 times more sensitive than the steerable 100-meter telescope near Bonn, Germany, says Zhang Haiyan, deputy director of the general office of the FAST Project.
  • Drone footage: China building world’s largest 500-meter radio telescope

China successfully tests new carrier rocket

Press Trust of India | Beijing July 25, 2015

  • China has successfully tested the power system of a fifth generation carrier rocket scheduled for flight next year carrying twice the capacity of the payload by the present carrier. Development of the rocket, the fifth-generation Long March-5 launch vehicle of the Long March family, has entered a “runoff” phase, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

China launches two satellites as it builds GPS rival

By PTI | 26 Jul, 2015

  • BEIJING: On course to build its own global navigation and positioning network to rival United States GPS, China has successfully launched two more satellites adding to 17 already in orbit. Launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the China’s southwestern Sichuan Province, the two satellites were the 18th and 19th for the Beidou Navigation Satellite system, China’s homegrown navigation system.

China’s Space Program: 2016 Satellite Launch To Support Manned Missions, Researchers Say

By Michelle FlorCruz on July 23 2015

  • China’s space program and research ambitions have continued to reach new heights Thursday, when Chinese researchers announced plans to launch a retrievable scientific research satellite in the first half of 2016. The SJ-10 satellite was set to run a series of tests that would aid scientists back on Earth conducting research in microgravity and space life science, project chief Hu Wenrui said according to state-run Xinhua News Agency. The data collected from the tests were expected to eventually be implemented to support manned space missions, as well.
  • The satellite would specifically administer 19 experiments in 6 different scientific disciplines: microgravity fluid physics, microgravity combustion, space material science, space radiation effect, microgravity biological effect and space biological techniques. The satellite would return to Earth after 12 days of orbit in a re-entry capsule. The program was also reportedly planning to launch a satellite for quantum science experiments and an X-ray telescope to study black holes within the next two years.

China starts assembling world’s biggest radio telescope

AFP July 24, 2015

  • Beijing (AFP) – China has started assembling the world’s largest radio telescope, which will have a dish the size of 30 football pitches when completed, state media reported as Beijing steps up its ambitions in outer space. The five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) nestles in a bowl-shaped valley between hills in the southwestern province of Guizhou, images posted online show.

China seeks to land rover on Moon’s far side

Posted on July 21, 2015

  • As part of a long-term project to construct a base on the Moon’s far side, China’s plans to send a lander and rover there in 2018 or 2019. If China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) achieves this goal, China will become the first nation to ever land a spacecraft on the Moon’s far side. The proposed mission’s primary objective is to conduct “the first soft landing on the lunar far side in human history.”

China unveils plans for far side Moon landing and hints at future ‘lunar base’

Andrew Jones 2015/07/16

  • The Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) has outlined its early plans for putting a lander and rover on the far side of the Moon. No country has attempted such a mission before. A presentation submitted to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (pdf) states that the robotic mission, currently named Chang’e-4, will launch in 2018 or 2019 and will include a relay satellite.

China to deploy Beidou navigation system to track flights

Press Trust of India | Beijing July 12, 2015

  • China will use its homegrown Beidou satellite navigation system to track civilian flights, in an attempt to avoid mysterious disasters like the crash of Malaysian MH370. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said the Beidou satellite navigation system (BDS) will be tested on general aviation first before it is used to monitor passenger or cargo flights.

China satellite technology soars ahead

Editor: Li Kun 丨 07-07-2015

  • The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is leading the space program in the country and has signed agreements with other countries to share technologies and information. In recent years, Beijing has made remarkable progress in the ‘space race.’ Currently, more than 130 China-made spacecraft and satellites are in orbit. CNSA recognizes that its team must rely on cooperation from abroad in order to flourish.
  • Beijing and Brussels approved last week a MOU (memorandum of understanding) for joint collaboration on satellite technology that could place both nations “at the forefront” to deliver vital information worldwide, as revealed by Belgian State Secretary of Science Policy Elke Sleurs. The document was signed by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and CNSA to support space sciences, technologies and applications.

Chinese Long March 4B conducts surprise Gaofen-8 launch

June 26, 2015

  • The Chinese have conducted another surprise launch on Friday with the launch of an Earth Observation System satellite called Gaofen-8. The launch took place at 06:22 UTC via the use of a Long March-4B rocket that set sail from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.
  • China announced plans for the launch of Gaofen-1 to Gaofen-7, but there was no news about an 8th Gaofen bird. The only information that can be found is it will be classed as an optical satellite planned under the civilian China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS).

China’s Beidou navigation system more resistant to jamming

Updated: 2015-06-25

  • China has made breakthroughs in the anti-jamming capability of its Beidou satellite navigation system (BDS), the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily said Thursday. The new technology, developed by Wang Feixue and his team from the National University of Defense Technology, has made the satellites 1,000 times more secure, the newspaper said.

China Showcases Plans To Become The Leading Space Power

New center, rockets, and navigation satellites

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer Posted June 18, 2015

  • While NASA and private corporations such as SpaceX get much of the attention in the US, China is showing off its plans to become the leading space power via recent coverage on state media. A centerpiece project, Beidou 2, began in January 2015. Eventually 35 Beidou 2 satellites will form the next generation platforms for the Compass satellite navigation system that China is rapidly deploying into geosynchronous and medium earth orbit. Beidou 2 is more accurate than its predecessor, Beidou 1, with an accuracy of up to 10 centimeters for military subscribers like the Chinese and Pakistani militaries. While its American counterpart, GPS, is a transmit only system, Beidou users can use the satellite navigation system to send limited messages. Beidou 2 would provide Chinese missiles and robots with high accuracy, as well as giving Chinese soldiers a limited but universal coverage for communications.
  • China is also taking a major step in space debris management by launching a center to track such debris. While space debris isn’t nearly as sexy as spy or navigation satellites, it’s an important part of space operations. Space debris, of which there are 500,000 pieces large enough to be tracked, can severely damage or destroy satellites and spacecraft (a 1 square cm piece of debris travelling at 17,000 kph has as much kinetic energy as a hand grenade detonation). The new Space Debris Monitoring and Application Center, part of Chinese Space National Administration (China’s NASA equivalent), will focus in the near future on tracking space debris, especially the estimated 100 million pieces 1cm2 or smaller, but CNSA Secretary General Tian Yulong hopes for capabilities one day to neutralize and reduce the space debris menace. It’s a growing Chinese priority, given that China is the world’s third largest space launcher, and Mr. Tian noted that Chinese spacecraft and satellites had over 30 near misses with space debris in 2014.

Nigeria: China to Help Nigeria Develop Space Technology

By Zakariyya Adaramola 15 June 2015

  • China will help Nigeria develop its space technology to meet up with those of developed economies, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiao Jie, has said. Jie made the promise when he visited the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) in Abuja.

China’s space program is growing extremely fast

Kelly Dickerson Jun. 16, 2015

  • It’s easy to forget about China when it comes to space exploration. It didn’t launch its first satellite until 1970, after the U.S. had already put several in orbit and even landed men on the moon. China didn’t even send a taikonaut (China’s word for astronaut) to space until 2003. And since the beginning of its space program, China benefited a great deal from Russian technologies, Impey wrote in his book “Beyond: Our Future in Space.” For example, China use to buy old Russian rockets and reverse-engineer them.
  • “But now the Chinese are innovating and vaulting ahead,” Impey writes. “Their Long March rocket is original and has quickly eclipsed Russian rockets.”
  • “And they’re actually — unlike the one of the stereotypes that they’re just sort of copying our technology — they’re actually innovating,” Impey says during NPR’s interview. “They have very young engineers in their space program — very keen, very well trained, very ambitious.”

Singapore and China To Collaborate on Beidou Applications

by Peter B. de Selding — June 11, 2015

  • SINGAPORE — Singapore and China have agreed to open a center to develop applications for China’s Beidou global navigation system and have signed a commercial agreement to create anti-jamming systems to protect Beidou signals, Singapore and Chinese organizations announced June 2. At a briefing during the CommunicAsia telecommunications show here, SpaceTime Technology Pte Ltd. and ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) Pte Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding to “develop in Singapore an interference-resistant Beidou satellite positioning system.”

China Using Indigenous Beidou System to Detect Gas Leaks


  • Chinese authorities have announced plans to use the Beidou Satellite Navigation system to help log and detect possible leaks in gas pipelines. The system will be used to establish a coordination center to monitor pipelines around the country.

Electric thruster propels China’s interstellar ambitions

by Staff Writers Beijing (XNA) Jun 09, 2015

  • The few countries mastering the technology have kept it confidential. Relying on its own efforts, China has developed the state-of-the-art technology, following the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan, and hopes to enter the international electric propulsion communication satellite market.
  • China plans to send its first full electric propulsion satellite into orbit around 2020, providing broadband communication data transmission to China and neighboring regions, according to Wang Min, deputy chief designer of the communication satellite, at the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).

China launches space junk monitoring center

Source:Xinhua Published: 2015-6-8

  • China on Monday launched a space junk monitoring center to protect its spacecraft in orbit. The new center, to be managed by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), will track and monitor near-earth objects and space debris. It will also be used to develop emergency response plans, take measures in case of emergencies, and share data with international counterparts.

China, Europe announce joint satellite mission 2015-06-04

  • BEIJING, June 4 (Xinhua) — The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have decided their joint space satellite program will focus on an X-ray imaging satellite to study the Earth’s magnetosphere, the CAS announced Thursday. The project, known as SMILE, was selected from 13 proposals and is due to launch in 2021. It plans to study the effects of the Sun on the Earth’s environment by creating images of the interactions between solar winds and the Earth’s magnetosphere with innovative X-ray and ultraviolet technologies, the CAS said in a statement.
  • Previously, the ESA contributed to China’s Double Star, a similar satellite mission launched in 2003 to focus on the impact of the Sun on the Earth’s environment.

China plans to launch dark matter exploration satellite

1 June 2015

  • Scientists at Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites (SECM) are planning to develop a satellite with the widest observation spectrum known, to study dark matter and other energy particles in space. Named dark matter particle explorer (DAMPE), the satellite will be designed to evaluate the direction, energy and electric charge of particles in space, over an operational life of three years.
  • DAMPE is the first of five satellites in the programme, and it will also explore the origin of cosmic rays and study high-energy gamma rays.

Inside China’s Space City: Meet the crew of the Shenzhou-10

By David McKenzie, CNN May 28, 2015

  • Nie Haisheng went from tending his father’s buffalo in Hubei to clocking more space hours than any other Chinese astronaut. Nie is a veteran of the Shenzhou-6 mission and commanded the Shenzhou-10 mission. State media boasted that prior to the Shenzhou-10 mission, he conducted more than 2000 simulations flawlessly.
  • Wang Yaping is the undisputed star of the Shenzhou-10 mission, and authorities took the unusual step of announcing her participation some time before the rest of the crew. As China’s second woman in space, after Liu Yang, the expectations for Wang were extraordinarily high. She says the first moment she looked down on Earth awed her.
  • Such is the competitiveness of China’s astronaut program, this former fighter squadron commander of the PLA Air Force, who boasts more than a thousand hours of flight time, had to wait for eight astronauts to go into space before he got his chance. “When I wasn’t selected for a mission, there was nothing I could do about it, so I kept looking forward and working hard, looking for the next opportunity,” he says.

Spacecraft built from graphene could run on nothing but sunlight

27 May 2015

  • Graphene was discovered accidentally by researchers playing with pencils and sticky tape. Its flat structure is very strong and conducts electricity and heat extremely well. Yongsheng Chen of Nankai University in Tianjin, China, and his colleagues have been investigating whether larger arrangements of carbon can retain some of these properties. Earlier this year they published details of a “graphene sponge“, a squidgy material made by fusing crumpled sheets of graphene oxide.
  • While cutting graphene sponge with a laser, they noticed the light propelled the material forwards. That was odd, because while lasers have been used to shove single molecules around, the sponge was a few centimetres across so should be too large to move.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: US vs China militarised space race would spur innovation

Hannah Osborne May 26, 2015

  • A militarised space race between the US and China would bolster innovation and spur on the industry, Neil deGrasse Tyson has said. The astrophysicist said a space race similar to that seen in the 1960s and 70s would “reignite the flames of innovation” that were taken for granted in the past.

Satellite R&D in China to take off soon

Staff Reporter 2015-05-24

  • In Beijing’s newly released comprehensive industrial development program titled “Made In China 2025,” work will be accelerated in the promotion of space infrastructure construction, and the development of new types of satellites and an air-and-space broadband internet systems so that the country can develop the ability to provide constant and stable services in terms of satellite remote sensing, telecommunications and navigation.
  • Shanghai’s National Business Daily said the application of China’s satellite technology, first manifested in the Beidou navigation satellite system, will thrive soon. In 2013, The Beidou-driven manufacturing industrial production value exceeded 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion). Some experts have predicted that the figure will rise to 400 billion yuan (US$64.5 billion) by 2020.

China to explore ‘dark side’ of the moon

By Shen Lu and Katie Hunt, CNN Updated 10:57 AM ET, Thu May 21, 2015

  • (CNN)China is considering landing a spacecraft on the moon’s “dark side” in 2020 — a mission, which, if successful, would make it the first country to do so, state media reports.
  • China successfully landed a spacecraft – the Chang’e 3 – on the moon in December 2013, becoming only the third nation after the United States and Russia to land on the moon’s surface.

China Advances In Satellite-Based Landings

May 12, 2015

  • China leapfrogged its international peers in late April with what is arguably the world’s most advanced display of a precision navigation capability—satellite-guided curved approaches with multiple glideslopes that seamlessly terminated in automatic landings. The one-day demonstration on April 29 took place at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport using a China Eastern Airlines Airbus A321 and a Shangdong Airlines Boeing 737-800 with senior officials from China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) and air traffic management bureau onboard. Anchoring the capability is a Honeywell SmartPath ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) that has been operating at the airport since January.

China develops first homegrown cryogenic cooling unit

Staff Reporter 2015-05-07

  • China has finally developed its own megawatt-class cryogenic cooling unit, providing a breakthrough boost to the country’s aerospace program, reports Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet. Megawatt-class cryogenic technology is a pivotal requirement for carrier rockets, though China’s advancements in this area have long been restricted due to monopolization of the global market by Switzerland and France and export bans instituted against China by developed countries, the news outlet said.

The Battle Above

U.S. and China are locked in a high stakes contest over satellites that are critical to national security and everyday life

2015 Apr 26

  • Hyten drills into his troops that U.S. satellites are no longer safe from attack. Eleven countries, including Iran and North Korea, now have the ability to launch objects into orbit. And Russia and China have been testing new anti-satellite technologies.
  • David Martin: These follow on Chinese tests, how high up do they go? Gen. John Hyten: Pretty high.
  • David Martin: Do China and Russia have lasers that could blind American satellites? Deborah Lee James: They are testing and investing. And that is worrisome to the United States.

Gleam me up, Scotty: Chinese space station will rely on LEDs for all light

The nation’s first space station will rely on the energy-efficient technology for all of its light

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 April, 2015

  • LEDs will provide all the light on the 60-tonne structure, from the soft tones of the astronauts’ bedside lamps to the large and powerful spotlights used to illuminate missions such as spacewalks and docking.
  • But it was China’s space programme that pioneered their use above the earth, according to a recent report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. LEDs, which use semiconductors to produce light, were invented in the early 1960s. They debuted in space nearly 50 years later, when China’s manned spacecraft Shenzhou 7 carried three astronauts to undertake the first Chinese spacewalk in 2008.

China strengthens satellite reconnaissance: report


  • Taipei, April 25 (CNA) The Chinese military has strengthened its satellite surveillance of neighboring countries, especially Taiwan and Japan, according to the Kanwa Defense Review. China has made sure in recent years that at least one imaging satellite passes over Taiwan every day to conduct full-coverage reconnaissance, the magazine said. The imaging range of China’s military satellites is 40 kilometers. Usually, four satellites are deployed simultaneously to conduct full-coverage reconnaissance over an area of 150 km wide, it said.

Xinhua Insight: How China joins space club? 2015-04-23

  • In 1957, the Soviet Union and United States each launched their first satellites, officially starting a space race. A year later, Chinese leader Chairman Mao Zedong proposed, “We too should produce satellites.” Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences began a satellite program with the aim of launching China’s first satellite in 1960.
  • The young scientists worked day and night for three months and produced models of the rocket and the satellite. But many questions were left unresolved, because they lacked basic theory and computing methods. Their first attempt failed. In the autumn of 1958, Zhao Jiuzhang and other scientists were given a cold shoulder when they visited the Soviet Union to study space technology. China had to be self-reliant to develop a satellite.

17th Beidou navigation satellite functions in orbit


  • A new-generation satellite for China’s global navigation and positioning network has entered its designed work orbit, the satellite’s developer said on Thursday.
  • Launched on March 30, the satellite is the 17th added to China’s Beidou navigation satellite system (BDS), and will expand the system’s coverage substantially.

China Plans for New Space Missions for 2016

Alvin Ybanez | Apr 11, 2015

  • China is planning to open a second space laboratory and launch its sixth manned space mission next year, the China Academy of Space Technology told the China Daily newspaper on Thursday. The lab, named Tiangong-2, will test life support technology in space for use in China’s future space station in 2016, said a spokesperson from the academy, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC).
  • China intends to launch the core module of the space station, which is designed mainly for engineering projects and research, in 2018, and the whole station will be fully operational by 2022, according to official sources.

BRICS May Engage in New Int’l Orbital Station Project – Russian Space Chief


  • MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Speaking in an interview with Russian newspaper “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” due to be released on Friday, Komarov said that a new orbital station is under discussion to replace the International Space Station (ISS). “The discussion framework should not be limited exclusively to current ISS participants. We have to consider a possible participation of BRICS countries in the future projects,” Komarov said.

China and Europe pore over proposals for joint space mission

Elizabeth Gibney 19 March 2015

  • An array of satellites around the Moon is in the running to become the first mission in a collaboration between Europe and China — a telescope to peer back to the Universe’s ‘Dark Ages’, the time before the first stars were formed.
  • The proposed project, called Discovering the Sky at the Longest Wavelengths (DSL), is one of around 15 submitted for a call by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) that closed on 16 March. The final mission will be led by principal investigators affiliated with both European and Chinese institutions, with an aim to launch in 2021.

China completes 2nd test on new carrier rocket’s power system

2015-03-24 08:59 Xinhua Web Editor: Gu Liping

  • The second ground test of the power system of China’s next-generation carrier rocket was completed Monday, ahead of its first flight in 2016.
  • Using non-toxic, non-polluting liquid propellant, the engines of Long March-5 were test-fired on the ground to test current technology, said Tan Yonghua, head of the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology.

Chinese scientists mull power station in space 2015-03-30 10:50:17

  • BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhua) — The battle to dispel smog, cut greenhouse gases and solve the energy crisis is moving to space.
  • Chinese scientists are mulling the construction of a solar power station 36,000 kilometers above ground.

China launches upgraded satellite for independent SatNav system | 2015-03-31 04:06:54 | Editor: huaxia

  • XICHANG, Sichuan, March 31 (Xinhua) — China launched a new-generation satellite into space for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network at 9:52 p.m. Beijing Time Monday.
  • It is the 17th satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS). The launch marked the beginning of expanding the regional BDS to global coverage.

Yuanzheng-1 ‘space shuttle bus’ enters orbit for first time

Staff Reporter 2015-03-31

  • China’s Yuanzheng-1 (“Expedition”) upper stage aircraft with the ability to launch more than 10 satellites went into orbit on March 30, the Global Times reports.
  • Yuanzheng-1 is one of the 40 spacecraft China plans to send into orbit in 20 separate launches in 2015, as declared during the annual meetings of the country’s parliament and political advisory body earlier this month. The UK’s Daily Mail described it as China’s largest rocket which can restart its engine in space about 20 times. It can launch more than 10 satellites during the course of its mission.

‘Space Silk Road’ to back China’s Belt and Road plan

Staff Reporter 2015-04-02

  • At 9 pm on March 30, China successfully launched the Long March 3 (LM-3) orbital carrier rocket, carrying the first of China’s new generation Beidou satellites, set to transform the Beidou satellite navigation system from a regional to an international guidance system, according to the Chinese-language website of China’s Global Times.
  • On March 31 the China Satellite Global Services Alliance (CSGSA) held a press conference in Beijing, announcing the latest stage in the construction of a “Space-based New Silk Road.” They stated that it will enable the smooth development of China’s “Belt and Road” plan–comprising the New Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

China Gets One Step Closer to Completing its Ambitious Lunar Mission

19:24 08.03.2015

  • China successfully tested unmanned docking on the lunar orbit this week to determine whether key technology planned to be used in its Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon was working, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND).

China to Send Space Cargo Ship in 2016 for Space Lab

Manny Salvacion | Mar 09, 2015 05:58 AM EDT

  • The Chinese government is set to launch into space a cargo ship that will carry propellants and repair equipment to China’s orbiting space lab, Tiangong-2.
  • Zhou Jianping, chief engineer of the country’s manned space program and also a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said that they will launch Tianzhou-1, following the space module that will be launched earlier next year.

The Moon’s History Is Surprisingly Complex, Chinese Rover Finds

by Mike Wall, Senior Writer | March 12, 2015 02:01pm ET

  • “Two things are most interesting,” said Long Xiao, a researcher at the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, who is the lead author of the study detailing the new findings. “One is [that] more volcanic events have been defined in the late volcanism history of the moon,” Xiao told via email. [The Moon: 10 Surprising Lunar Facts]
  • “Another is the lunar mare [volcanic plain] area is not only composed of basaltic lavas, but also explosive eruption-formed pyroclastic rocks,” Xiao added. “The latter finding may shed light on … the volatile contents in the lunar mantle.”

China’s Largest-Ever Space Rocket Takes Another Big Step Forward

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer posted Mar 13th, 2015

  • On sunny, tropical Hainan Island, China is assembling its largest-ever space rocket, the Long March 5. Chinese authorities state that this LM-5 prototype will launch in early 2016 from the Wenchang Space Launch Center. The LM-5 is a 62-meter-tall, 800-ton rocket which can carry up to 25 tons into low Earth orbit, or a 14-ton spacecraft bound for Mars or the Moon.
  • This official CASIC (China’s space launch vehicle manufacturer) displays pictures of the Long March rocket deploying a satellite after launch, as well as showing the next generation of Long March rocket families at the bottom, including the Long March 5 in its 14 ton and 25 ton payload versions, the super heavy Long March 9, and the solid fueled Long March 11.

China to send over 40 spacecraft in 20 launches in 2015

2015-03-18 09:18 Web Editor: Wang Fan

  • The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation says it plans to send the 40 spacecraft into orbit through 20 separate space launches this year.
  • “They will be mainly communication satellites, or geosynchronous satellites orbiting at the height of 36-thousand miles. There will also be some remote sensing satellites sent up to observe the earth, as well as navigation satellites for the Beidou system.”

China’s first female astronaut back in training after giving birth

The Associated Press Published Friday, February 13, 2015 1:24AM EST

  • BEIJING — China’s first female astronaut has begun training for her next mission after having a baby, state media reported Friday.
  • The selection of China’s female astronauts had been somewhat controversial because of a reported preference for married women who have children, purportedly to guard against radiation damaging their reproductive health. Those fears have so far proven unfounded, although no pregnant woman has flown in space as far as is known.

China to launch Tianzhou-1 cargo ship in 2016 to rendezvous with space lab 2015-03-07 11:09:51

  • BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) — China will send a cargo ship into the space in 2016 to dock with a future space module scheduled to be launched earlier the same year, a leading Chinese space scientist said Friday.
  • The Tianzhou-1, which literally means “heavenly vessel”, will carry propellants, living necessities for astronauts, research facilities and repair equipment to China’s second orbiting space lab Tiangong-2, said Zhou Jianping, chief engineer of China’s manned space program.

China has ability but no plan for manned lunar mission: expert 2015-03-07 10:44:49

  • BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) — The world’s third country to softland on the moon has the ability to achieve the manned lunar landing but it has no plan to do it, a leading Chinese space scientist said Friday.
  • “With China’s current technologies of manned space flight and moon probe, we have the technology basis to realize the manned lunar mission,” said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China’s manned space program.

First Chinese solid-fuel rocket to be launched before 2016

Staff Reporter 2015-03-06

  • The CZ-11, China’s first solid-fuel rocket is scheduled to be launched for the first time before the end of this year, said as Liang Xiaohong, party secretary of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency on Mar. 3.
  • Liang explained that a solid-fuel rocket is much easier to operate than a liquid-fuel rocket. While it takes months to prepare for the launch of a liquid-fuel rocket, only hours are needed to launch a solid-fuel one. Also, Liang stressed that the launch of a solid-fuel rocket is more cost-efficient.”It can remain in storage for long periods and reliably launch on short notice,” said Liang. He believes that the development of the CZ-11 will meet emergency launching demands in emergency situations.

Chinese HD earth observation satellite comes into service

Source:Xinhua Published: 2015-3-6 17:57:46

  • China’s most advanced earth observation satellite, the Gaofen-2, was put into service on Friday after being launched in August.
  • The Gaofen-2 is the second of seven satellites that will be launched for Gaofen, China’s high-definition observation project, before 2020. The project was initiated in May 2010 and Gaofen-1 was launched in April 2013. The goal of the Gaofen series is to provide all-weather, 24-hour services covering the globe.

China looking to mine the moon for the rare helium isotope

Mandy Makein · Jan 13, 2015

  • China’s unmanned test lunar orbit successfully entered lunar orbit, state media reported.
  • The craft named Chang’e 5 is designed for a soft landing on the moon and collect at least 2kg (4 lbs) of soil and rock sample before returning home.

China and Europe Will Team Up for Robotic Space Mission

By Mike Wall January 23, 2015 7:21 AM

  • On Monday (Jan. 19), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) issued a call for proposals for a robotic space mission that the two organizations will develop jointly.
  • “The goal of the present Call is to define a scientific space mission to be implemented by ESA and CAS as a cooperative endeavor between the European and Chinese scientific communities,” ESA officials wrote in a statement Monday. “The mission selected as an outcome of the present Joint Call will follow a collaborative approach through all the phases: study, definition, implementation, operations and scientific exploitation.” [Latest News About China’s Space Program]

Next Generation of Chinese Space Vehicles Begins Its Long March (By Standing Up)

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer Posted January 29, 2015

  • The LM-7 prototype is assembled at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (China’s equivalent to Cape Canaveral) for non-flight testing. Fitting all the rocket segments and boosters allows for vibration testing and validating models on fuel flows and stress loads.
  • On the tropical island Hainan, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center got its very first heavy rocket. The Long March 7 (LM-7), built by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), will likely not launch until 2016, but Chinese engineers have assembled it on the launch pad’s mobile service structure in order to test its systems for preflight and integration quality assurance.

Space agencies from France and China collaborate on ocean-observing satellite programme

30 January 2015

  • The Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) of France and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) have partnered to develop a China-France oceanography satellite (CFOSAT).
  • CFOSAT is designed to study ocean surface wind and wave conditions to improve forecasts for marine meteorology and knowledge of climate variations.

Beijing’s rocket plans reveal ambitious space program

Staff Reporter 2015-02-05

  • Beijing has shipped its liquid-fuelled carrier rocket, the Long March 7, to its Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province for tests in preparation for the rocket’s first launch next year, reports China’s Global Times.
  • The rocket is fueled by a non-toxic and non-polluting liquid diesel and its modular design allows for modification of the engine and propeller to accommodate various spacecraft.

Singapore, China to collaborate on space and satellite technology

By Wong Siew Ying POSTED: 12 Feb 2015 11:00

  • SINGAPORE: The Republic will embark on its first official collaboration with China in the field of space and satellite technology, after an agreement was signed at the sidelines of the Global Space and Technology Convention 2015 in Singapore on Thursday (Feb 12).
  • The partnership agreement was inked between the China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA) and the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) of the National University of Singapore (NUS).

China ends 2014 with Long March 3A launch of Fengyun-2G

December 30, 2014 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • The Chinese have closed out 2014 with the launch of the Fengyun-2G (Fengyun-2-8) geostationary meteorological satellite using a Long March 3A (Chang Zheng 3A) rocket. The launch took place at 01:02 UTC on Wednesday from Pad LC2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

2014’s launch tally highest in two decades

Posted on January 4, 2015 by Stephen Clark

  • There were more successful space launches in 2014 than in any year since 1992, with Russia, the United States and China responsible for more than 80 percent of global launch activity.
  • Chinese rockets were 16-for-16 in satellite launches last year.

A glimpse of China’s new-generation carrier rocket cradle

2015-01-06 14:01 People’s Daily Online Web Editor: Li Yan

  • China’s new generation carrier rocket industrialization base, embracing China’s dream of becoming a leading space power, is located in Tianjin Economic Development Zone.
  • The base, with a total floor area of 3000 mu (200 hectares), meets all the requirements of rocket development and testing. Construction began in June 2008. Six years have passed since. The industrialization base now has production capacity for Long March V and Long March VII, two representatives of a new generation of launch vehicles.

China Leads Race to the Moon

States are quietly preparing to secure fuel for the fourth generation of nuclear weapons, and China is winning.

By Jan Mortier and Benjamin Finnis January 07, 2015

  • one ton of helium-3 can produce 10,000 megawatt years of electricity. This is enough energy to power 80 percent of Tokyo’s energy needs for a whole year, or a city of 7.3 million people like Hong Kong, Hyderabad or Singapore.
  • When fused with itself, helium-3 is attractive as a nuclear fuel for energy generation because it does not emit harmful radioactive neutrons. A 1,000 MW nuclear power station using only helium-3 as a fuel would produce no radiation. Likewise, pure helium-3 fourth-generation nuclear weapons would produce minimal or no radioactive fallout thus challenging the taboo on the use of nuclear weapons and their status as unconventional weapons.

Service module of China’s lunar orbiter enters moon’s orbit 2015-01-11 16:04:49

  • BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) — The service module of China’s unmanned test lunar orbiter successfully decelerated, allowing it to enter an 8-hour orbit on Sunday, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.
  • Following instructions from the center, the service module conducted the braking at around 3 a.m. and entered the 8-hour elliptical moon orbit with a perilune of about 200 km and an apolune of about 5,300 km.

China’s first private spacecraft sets test flight for July

Staff Reporter 2015-01-11

  • China’s Space Vision released the plans for its first tourist spaceship Jan. 6 and has slated a test flight for the carrier in July, reports China’s Tencent news portal.
  • The project proposes to carry passengers in a giant helium balloon-driven spaceship to 40,000 km above the ground, bordering the thin blue line before crossing into space. During the flight, the passengers will be able to see over 1,000 km of the earth’s curvature as well as the sunrise and sunset through the panorama window of the shuttle. They will also experience a brief loss of gravity.

China’s rockets to use pollution-free propellants

Xinhua 2014-12-11

  • China’s next generation carrier rockets using non-polluting propellants may fly as early as 2015, a top space scientist revealed on Monday.
  • The rockets fueled by liquid oxygen and diesel as well as liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, will make their maiden flights within the next two years, Lei Fanpei, chairperson of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the main contractor for the country’s space program, said in an interview with Xinhua.

Beidou navigation system approved for operations at sea

By ZHAO LEI (China Daily) Updated: 2014-11-25 08:12

  • China’s independently developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System has taken a huge step toward going global as the International Maritime Organization approved its use in operations at sea, the country’s Maritime Safety Administration said on Monday.
  • It means the system has been formally included in the Worldwide Radionavigation System. Beidou is the third system to gain such acceptance after the United States’ Global Positioning System and Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System.

ESA & China team up for crude oil test in space

Published time: December 13, 2014 17:44

  • The European Space Agency (ESA) is cooperating with China to send small containers of crude oil into space, to gain a better understanding of how deep underground oil reservoirs operate. The data will aid future oil exploration.
  • The experiment is known as the ‘Soret Coefficient in Crude Oil,’ and includes six cylinders containing one millimeter of crude oil pressurized to 400 times our normal atmospheric level – among the highest ever sent to space – according to an ESA press release.

The Battle for Space

Russia, China, and the United States are developing “dual use” technologies. One use is peaceful. The other isn’t. By Jane C. Hu Dec. 23 2014 12:37 PM

  • Identifying space weapons has become a psychological game: Experts must infer the intentions of the nation launching space objects. In the case of 2014-28E, Russia could be developing nondefense space tools, like NASA’s RRM; it could be beefing up its ability to create weapons; or this could all just be a ploy to flex its military muscles and keep other space-faring nations wondering.
  • Russia and China have drafted multiple versions of a treaty called, exhaustively, the Treaty on Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space and of the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects, but the United States’ U.N. delegate voted against it in 2008, calling the treaty “a diplomatic ploy by [Russia and China] to gain a military advantage.” When Russia and China submitted a revised version this summer, the U.S. rejected it again, this time saying the treaty doesn’t adequately define its terms and doesn’t effectively prevent the full range of possible weapons.

Chinese military spy satellite deployed in orbit

Posted on December 27, 2014 by Stephen Clark

  • China launched a Long March 4B rocket Saturday to deploy a military reconnaissance satellite into orbit 300 miles above Earth.
  • The Yaogan 26 satellite lifted off at 0322 GMT Saturday (11:22 p.m. EST Friday) from the Taiyuan space center in northern China’s Shanxi province, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Liftoff was at 11:22 a.m. Beijing time.

China launches Kuaizhou-2 in second launch within 24 hours

November 21, 2014 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • The Chinese have launched their second mission in the space of 24 hours, with the orbiting of the Kuaizhou-2 natural disaster monitoring satellite. Launch took place at 06:37 UTC – utilizing the second launch of the KZ Kuaizhou all-solid rocket – from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

KZ-2 to help China with satellite diplomacy: Global Times

Staff Reporter 2014-11-27

  • After China launched its Kuaizhou-2 (KZ-2) quick-response launch vehicle into space on Nov. 21 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert, the country’s nationalistic tabloid Global Times discussed the strategic significance of this new spacecraft.
  • Designed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, the KZ-2 can be launched into orbit carrying various payloads at just half a day’s notice. A Chinese official confirmed that the KZ-2 was sent into space as an optical remote sensing satellite.

China Has Big Plans to Explore the Moon and Mars

by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist | December 03, 2014 05:17am ET

  • China continues to ramp up its space activities, which include a new launch complex, more powerful boosters and the construction of a large space station, as well as plans for complex robotic missions to the moon and Mars.
  • The capsule used seven kinds of thermal protection materials, returning data that will be applied to China’s Chang’e 5 robotic lunar sample return mission, which is slated to launch in 2017 from the new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center. [Greatest Moon Missions of All Time]

U.S. To Expedite Orbital Collision-avoidance Warnings to China

by Mike Gruss — December 5, 2014

  • WASHINGTON — The Chinese government has asked the U.S. Air Force to send warnings of potential satellite collisions directly to its space operators, with no detour through the U.S. State Department, the service’s top space official said Dec. 5.
  • Speaking at a breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club here, Gen. John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, said the Air Force has long provided data on any potential on-orbit collisions to the parties involved. In the case of China and Russia, however, that data must be routed through the State Department, and often through the Chinese and Russian foreign ministries, before reaching their military satellite operators.

200th Long March rocket launches CBERS-4 for Brazil

December 6, 2014 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • The fifth cooperative mission between China and Brazil was launched at 03:26UTC on Sunday. In what was a milestone 200th launch for the Chinese rocket fleet, the CBERS-4 satellite was lofted by China’s Long March-4B from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

Chinese tycoon Wang Jing to develop network of space satellites: Report

AFPMonday, Oct 27, 2014

  • BEIJING – A mysterious Chinese tycoon who plans to dig a US$40 billion (S$51 million) canal linking the Caribbean and the Pacific is spreading his reach into space with ambitions for a network of satellites, reports said Monday.
  • The satellite, jointly developed with the elite Tsinghua University, was expected to provide a cheaper alternative to foreign satellite communication providers in China’s sea and desert areas, the Beijing News said, citing Tsinghua professor Lu Jianhua.

First commercial mission to the moon launched from China

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Stephen Clark

  • A modest privately-funded instrument package built by a company in Luxembourg became the first commercial to the moon to get off the ground with a fiery nighttime launch Thursday aboard a Chinese rocket.
  • The briefcase-sized spacecraft, fitted with a battery and a solar panel, a radio and a radiation detector, is riding piggyback on a Chinese technology demonstrator designed to verify technologies for a future mission to return lunar samples to Earth.

China launches third space mission in a week

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Stephen Clark

  • China put an experimental Shijian military satellite into orbit Monday on top of a Long March rocket, marking the third Chinese space launch in a week.
  • The Shijian 11-08 spacecraft lifted off at 0659 GMT (2:59 a.m. EDT) Monday from the Jiuquan launch base in northwest China’s Gobi desert, riding a Long March 2C rocket into a sun-synchronous orbit 430 miles above Earth.

China unveils first Mars rover and exploration system for red planet

Stephen Chen PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 November, 2014, 2:26pm

  • China’s main contractor supplying its space programme has unveiled details of a prototype Mars rover.
  • The vehicle has been built by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and comes after the failure of China’s rover on the moon early this year.

China plans to launch about 120 applied satellites

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-11-10 21:07:28

  • China will launch around 120 more applied satellites to accommodate economic and social needs, a senior executive of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said on Monday.
  • The Chinese economy will continue to record relatively high growth, generating more demand for aerospace technologies, Yang said at an international aviation and aerospace forum held in south China’s Zhuhai city.

Long March 2C conducts surprise Yaogan-23 launch

November 14, 2014 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • The Chinese have conducted another surprise launch, once again with a new satellite in the Yaogan Weixing series. Yaogan-23 was launched at 18:53 UTC on Friday, utilizing the Long March-2C (Chang Zheng-2C) rocket from the LC901 launch platform of the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

China Moving Forward with Big Space Station Plans

By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist October 16, 2014

  • At the 27th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), held in Beijing last month, China’s space industry leaders extended an open invitation for other nations to take part in China’s emerging space station program.
  • “We reserved a number of platforms that can be used for international cooperative projects in our future space station when we designed it,” Yang Liwei, deputy director of China Manned Space Engineering and China’s first astronaut, said at the event, which was held in China for the first time. “In addition to collaboration in applied experiments, we also designed adapters that can dock with other nations’ spacecraft.” [Read the latest news about China’s space program]

China’s fourth spaceport completed in boost for space programme

Adrian Wan PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 October, 2014, 2:39pm

  • Construction of the mainland’s fourth and biggest spaceport, in tropical southern Hainan province, has been completed and was ready for launching vehicles, the People’s Daily reported.
  • Completion of the centre, in Wenchang city, meant the launching of space station capsules and manned missions to the moon and Mars were “just a matter of time”, the Communist Party’s official newspaper said.

China puts government surveillance satellite in orbit


  • China sent a reconnaissance satellite into orbit Monday from the Taiyuan space center, expanding the country’s network of intelligence-gathering spacecraft.
  • The Yaogan 22 satellite lifted off at 0631 GMT (2:31 a.m. EDT) Monday aboard a three-stage Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan space base in northern China’s Shanxi province, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Beidou system poised to spread wings

(CANG WEI) Updated: 2014-10-24 07:22

  • China’s Beidou navigation satellite system, whose positioning accuracy will reach 2.5 meters by 2020, will soon provide services to more countries.
  • The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation said China will cooperate with several countries, including Mexico, Israel and Sweden, to improve establishment of the Beidou system and geoinformation database.

Beidou market establishment through innovative applications

By Jia Hang Last Updated: 2014-10-27 09:23 |

  • In the Third Annual Conference for China’s Satellite Navigation, the Beidou products “used to connect hundreds of cities”, energetically promoted this year, became the bright spot, such as the two new products of 5S intelligent information terminal, Beidou space-time wrist watch launched by Beidou Tianhui, the intelligent “Beidou student card” developed by HGT Technology Group, mobile phone with Beidou positioning system designed for home-based care for the aged by Changhong IT, etc. JAC’s car exhibited also adopted the Beidou satellites navigation positioning service terminal, drawing people’s attention to sample the car’s performance. In addition, it also shows the application in integrated navigation, city planning, home-based care for the aged, agriculture and other fields.
  • Beidou under construction has officially offered the regional service since the end of 2012. Over the two years in the mass market, Beidou has started to be applied in transportation, fishery, forestry and other industries, serving multiple regions and entering the public life by organizing and implementing the industry and regional application demonstration.

Beidou sat nav sees increasing civil use

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-09-29 21:28

  • SHENYANG – China’s Beidou navigation satellite system is being more frequently applied in the country’s civil projects, authorities said at an expo in northeast China on Monday.

China to launch new marine surveillance satellites in 2019 2014-10-08 15:37:28

  • BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) — China will launch a new “constellation” of marine surveillance satellites in 2019 to monitor ships, oil rigs, marine disasters and land-based resources.
  • According to Lin Mingsen, deputy director with the National Satellite Ocean Application Service, the HY-3 “constellation” will include a series of satellites that employ synthetic aperture radar technology, “capable of operating day or night… and in all weather conditions.”

Low-Cost Space Travel From A Chinese Startup? Soon, Maybe

By Michelle FlorCruz October 08 2014

  • A company in China is planning to offer a low-cost near-space tourism service that would send people roughly 40 kilometers, or nearly 25 miles, above the Earth. Space Vision, a Beijing-based startup, wants to offer a more affordable way to send people into space, or at least into near-space, using a specially designed high-altitude balloon, which will begin testing next summer.
  • According to the South China Morning Post, Space Vision plans to send passengers up 40,000 meters, roughly 131,000 feet, inside a pressurized capsule that will be lifted by a large balloon filled with non-flammable, non-toxic helium. From that altitude tourists would reportedly be able to see views of the Earth’s curvature and the vast dark space that surrounds the planet. The capsule would then descend using a large parachute.

Thirty Meter Telescope, world’s largest astronomical eye, begins taking shape

By James Maynard, Tech Times | October 8, 3:12 PM

  • The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will soon be the largest such astronomical tool in the world, following completion of construction which broke ground in Hawaii on October 7. The observatory will be built on the summit of Mauna Kea in the Aloha State.
  • “This is an exciting moment as we begin construction of TMT. Its giant mirror, nearly 100 feet across, promises the highest definition views of planets orbiting nearby stars and the first stars and galaxies in the distant universe,” Edward Stone, executive director of the TMT International Observatory, said.

China’s most advanced space launch centre to start work soon

Press Trust of India | Beijing October 18, 2014

  • China has completed construction of its most advanced space launch centre, designed to handle next generation rockets and space station modules, and it will be operational soon.
  • Work at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in Hainan province, which is the fourth but the most advanced rocket launch centre, has been completed and would soon become operational, state-run People’s Daily reported.

China to launch second space lab in 2016, official says

Sep 10, 2014

  • China will launch its second orbiting space laboratory in two years’ time, a top official said Wednesday, the latest step in an ambitious space programme Beijing says will one day land a Chinese man on the moon.
  • Astronaut Yang Liwei, who in 2003 became China’s first man in space and is now deputy director of the country’s manned space programme, made the announcement at the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) congress in Beijing.

China’s first space lab in operation for over 1000 days 2014-09-26 16:48:09

  • BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — Tiangong-1, China’s first space lab, has been in orbit for 1092 days since it was launched on September 29, 2011.
  • The space lab, which is in sound condition, is able to complete more operation time in orbit, according to Wang Zhaoyao, director of China’s manned space program office.

China launches another secretive Shijian-11 mission

September 28, 2014 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • The Chinese have orbited a new satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Sunday. Utilizing their Long March 2C (Chang Zheng 2C) launch vehicle, the mission involved another of the secretive Shijian-11 (SJ-11) series of “experimental satellites”. Launch took place at 05:13 UTC according to Chinese reports.

China to build comprehensive earth observation system in 10 years

PTI Sep 28, 2014, 05.01PM IST

  • BEIJING: China plans to build an earth observation system that integrates use of air, space and ground based technology, including drones, satellites and GPS systems in the next ten years, a top official said today.
  • China has already built a network of satellites and other facilities for earth observation in pursuing its space programs including manned space navigation, lunar probe and Beidou GPS navigation system but officials said much remains to be done in the actual application of the technology.

Chang’e-2 lunar probe 100 million km away from earth

2014-10-31 08:53 Xinhua Web Editor: Gu Liping

  • China’s second lunar probe, Chang’e-2, was 100 million km into deep space in July, the longest journey of ant Chinese spacecraft, a senior engineer said Thursday.
  • The lunar probe, launched on Oct. 1, 2010, has extended its service by several years and remains in good condition, Zhou Jianliang, chief engineer of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center told Xinhua.

China’s Lunar Test Spacecraft Takes Incredible Picture of Earth and Moon Together

by Nancy Atkinson on October 28, 2014

  • The Chinese lunar test mission Chang’e 5T1 has sent back some amazing and unique views of the Moon’s far side, with the Earth joining in for a cameo in the image above. According to the crew at the images were taken with the spacecraft’s solar array monitoring camera.

China completes first mission to moon and back

by Staff Writers Beijing (AFP) Nov 01, 2014

  • China completed its first return mission to the moon early Saturday with the successful re-entry and landing of an unmanned probe, state media reported, in the latest step forward for Beijing’s ambitious space programme.
  • Prior to re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere, the unnamed probe was travelling at 11.2 kilometres per second (25,000 miles per hour), a speed that can generate temperatures of more than 1,500 degrees Celsius (2,700 degrees Fahrenheit), the news agency reported.

China Has Two New Experimental Satellites In Orbit

Alex Knapp Forbes Staff 9/05/2014 @ 1:21AM

  • The Chinese space agency launched two new satellites into orbit at 8:15am Beijing time on Thursday, August 4. The two satellites were carried by a Long March 2D rocket, which lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
  • The second satellite is the Chuangxin-1-04. This is the fourth a series of satellites built by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the first of which was launched in 2003. It’s being used to collect information about natural disasters, weather, and other types of information.

Long March 4B lofts Yaogan-21 in surprise launch

September 8, 2014 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • The Chinese have conducted another surprise launch, this time with the Long March 4B rocket reported to have lofted a new satellite in the Yaogan Weixing series. The Yaogan-21 satellite was launched at 03:22 UTC on Monday from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan satellite Launch Center.

China finishes design on its first cargo spacecraft

Posted: Sep 06, 2014

  • (Nanowerk News) China has finished designing its first cargo spacecraft, which will ferry supplies and fuel to the nation’s future multi-cabin, manned space station.
  • The design and technology of the unmanned Tianzhou – or “Heavenly Vessel” in Chinese – cargo spacecraft have been approved by an expert panel from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp and the China Academy of Space Technology, company sources said.

To the moon and back: Lunar mission tests China’s space program

  • China launched an experimental spacecraft early Friday that is scheduled to orbit the moon before returning to Earth, a first for the country’s ambitious space program and considered a precursor to a planned mission to the moon.
  • Chinese astronauts have made five manned space flights on a series of Shenzhou “Divine Vessel” modules, with the latest mission in 2013 completing a successful manual docking with the Tiangong-1 space station.

Chinese Long March 4B launches Gaofen-2 and BRITE-PL-2

August 19, 2014 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • China’s return to launch action continued with the Tuesday launch of a new high-resolution observation satellite. The Gaofen-2 (GF-2) was launched at 03:15 UTC by a Long March-4B (Chang Zheng-4B) rocket from the LC9 launch complex of the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Also on board was the Polish satellite BRITE-PL-2, also known as “Heweliusz”.

China’s first private rocket firm aims for market

by Staff Writers Guangzhou, China (XNA) Aug 19, 2014

  • Hu Zhenyu, 21, founder of Link Space, China’s first private rocket firm, does not want people to call him a “rocket scientist” but a rocket entrepreneur.
  • On Aug. 5, they had a successful trial of a liquid-propellant rocket engine at a courtyard in a suburb of Gaoyou City in east China’s Jiangsu Province, Wu’s hometown.

China’s new satellite is said to spot pot fields, smuggler routes

By Times staff AUGUST 25 2014

  • China has poured billions of dollars into building a nationwide surveillance network – by one 2013 estimate, the country had 30 million surveillance cameras in parks, on highways and even in taxis.
  • Analyses of images captured by Gaofen-1 have enabled Chinese police to locate fields of opium poppy and marijuana in northern China and uncover dozens of routes used by smugglers at the border with North Korea and along the frontier in the restive Xinjiang region, the official New China News Agency reported Monday.

China returns to action with Yaogan Weixing-20 mission

August 9, 2014 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • Closing a four month gap since the previous orbital launch, China successfully launched the Yaogan Weixing-20 mission from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Launch took place on Saturday at 05:45 UTC from the 603 launch pad of the LC43 launch complex using a Long March-4C (Chang Zheng-4C) launch vehicle.

China to test recoverable moon orbiter 2014-08-10 17:17:32

  • BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — China is preparing for the launch of an experimental recoverable moon orbiter, said the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence on Sunday.
  • The plan is for the orbiter to be launched into lunar orbit and return to Earth at an escape velocity of 11.2 km per second.

Scientists share joy of working on lunar probe

2014-08-11 09:38 China Daily Web Editor: Wang Fan

  • “Each time I look at the moon, I know she is working hard to realize our dream of exploring the immense universe,” the 38-year-old space expert said, referring to Chang’e-3, China’s latest lunar probe. Chang’e-3 made the first soft landing on the moon in nearly four decades last year.
  • “But my son is very proud of my work because he knows exactly what I do is for the good of the motherland,” Xing said, smiling. “He even told his classmates with pride that we once returned our flight tickets since I had to go back to the academy to fix the problems of the Yutu lunar rover, which was then operating on the moon.”

New Beidou navigation chips have accuracy of 2.5 meters

Lai Ting-heng and Staff Reporter 2014-08-18

  • The Information Technology Research Institute, part of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, announced that it has successfully developed 4th-generation Beidou Navigation chips capable of being locating within an accuracy of 2.5 meters, higher than the international standard, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily.
  • The Beidou chips not only will help China become a major aerospace power, but also a capable defender of its territories and assets. Technically, China’s Beidou navigation system is still in the early, promotional stage, with its production capacity having yet to reach market scale. According to the nation’s 11th five-year plan in aerospace development, the Beidou navigation market is estimated to be around 20-30 billion yuan (US$3.3-$4.9 billion). The actual figures could far exceed original projections as the government strives to get behind the market.

China and Europe in Talks on Space Exploration Program

Closer Relationship on Manned Programs May Rankle U.S., Hamper Space-Station Extension

Andy Pasztor July 17, 2014 6:23 a.m. ET

  • FARNBOROUGH, England—Senior Chinese and European space officials have been discussing potentially wide-ranging cooperation on manned exploration programs, a prospect that threatens to further complicate the future of the international space station.
  • Now, European support for the existing partnership may be slipping. The European Space Agency and the 20 nations it represents, Mr. Dordain said, have offered to share specifics with China about experiments conducted on the current orbiting laboratory. Such information, he suggested, could include data about health effects astronauts face during long stays on the station. “We are willing to cooperate with them,” Mr. Dordain said.

China Exclusive: Lunar rock collisions behind Yutu damage: designer 2014-07-21 14:14:31

  • BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhua) — Ailing Chinese moon rover Yutu, or “Jade Rabbit,” might have been damaged by knocking against rocks on a lunar surface that is more complicated than expected, its designer has said.

China is taking lunar mining seriously

Frik Els | August 3, 2014

  • China’s plans to return to the moon early 2020s. Filling one shuttle’s cargo bay with helium-3 could bring the equivalent energy of 1bn barrels of oil back to earth.
  • Google is also sponsoring a moon-related prize, the Lunar X-prize, a $40 million competition to encourage privately funded teams to launch “land a robot safely on the moon, move 500 meters on, above, or below the moon’s surface and send back HDTV Mooncasts for everyone to enjoy!”

China, France Join Forces on Astronomy Mission

By Peter B. de Selding | Aug. 4, 2014

  • PONTE VEDRA, Florida — The French and Chinese space agencies have agreed to jointly develop a gamma-ray-burst astronomy satellite to be launched in 2021 aboard a Chinese Long March rocket, the French space agency, CNES, said Aug. 4.
  • “This agreement opens a decisive phase in CNES-CNSA cooperation,” Le Gall said in an Aug. 4 statement. “It paves the way to new joint projects to be conducted with China either by CNES or by the European Space Agency, to which France is the largest contributor.”

China’s ‘Lunar Palace’ for Space Research Tested on Earth

By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist | June 16, 2014 05:56pm ET

  • Three volunteers stepped out of China’s Lunar Palace 1 last month after a 105-day shakeout mission — not on the moon, but on Earth.
  • Munching on protein-rich mealworms and other delicacies, the trio of Chinese biospherians carried out the first long-duration multicrew sealed cabin research in the country at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

U.S. needs to reexamine NASA’s China exclusion policy: report

(Xinhua) 08:12, June 05, 2014

  • “This policy, while driven by congressional sentiment, denies the U.S. partnership with a nation that will probably be capable of making truly significant contributions to international collaborative missions,” said the report from the U.S. National Research Council (NRC).”It may be time to reexamine whether this policy serves the long-term interests of the United States,” according to the report titled “Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a U. S. Program of Human Space Exploration.”
  • “It is … evident that given the rapid development of China’s capabilities in space, it is in the best interests of the United States to be open to its inclusion in future international partnerships,” said the report. “Current federal law preventing NASA from participating in bilateral activities with the Chinese serves only to hinder U.S. ability to bring China into its sphere of international partnerships and reduces substantially the potential international capability that might be pooled to reach Mars.”

China to Search Mars for Aliens and ‘Recreate Planet’

By Hannah Osborne | IB Times – Tue, Jun 24, 2014

  • China is planning to send a rover to Mars to collect samples and search for alien life within the next six years.
  • Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of the country’s lunar project, said the Mars programme will focus on creating space probes on the red planet.

Scientist says China will explore deep space as early as 2020

Staff Reporter 2014-06-26 16:40 (GMT+8)

  • Ouyang Ziyuan, a chief scientist of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP), said at the opening ceremony of the 22nd International Planetarium Society Conference in Beijing that China will soon carry out exploration in deep space.
  • Meanwhile, Ouyang said China will engage in a series of deep space explorations to Mars and further afield. The goals of the Mars mission, Ouyang said, are to search for signs of life on the red planet and analyze whether it could potentially sustain life.

China opens 2014 campaign with secretive satellite launch

March 30, 2014 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • The Chinese finally opened their 2014 campaign with the launch of a Shijian-11 class satellite. A Chang Zheng 2C (Long March 2C) rocket lofted a mysterious satellite – understood to be part of the Shijian-11 series of early warning satellites – from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center’s 603 launch pad at the LC43 launch complex at 02:46 UTC.

China installing world biggest telescope

Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:15PM GMT

  • China is on track to have the world’s largest telescope, as large as 30 football fields, installed in its southwest.
  • The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) has undergone five years of construction and takes shape with the spherical edge constructed out of 5,600 tons of steel beams.

China’s Xihe high-precision positioning system comes online

Xinhua 2014-04-26

  • A self-developed positioning system with high precision went into application in China on Friday, further beefing up the capability of the country’s satellite navigation system.
  • Xihe, named after an ancient Chinese god, was developed by the National Remote Sensing Center of China (NRSCC) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). It has an outdoor accuracy of one meter and an indoor accuracy of 3 meters, the NRSCC said.

China’s New Satellite to Provide 3-D View of Earth

World | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 05, 2014

  • Beijing: China’s Fengyun-III, a polar orbiting meteorological satellite which provides a three-dimensional view of the earth, was put into operation today.
  • The third Fengyun-III satellite, together with the second Fengyun-III, will form a monitoring network capable of constant three-dimensional, multiple-spectrum and remote-sensing observation of the earth, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said.

Breakthrough for China’s Beidou navigation system

Xinhua 2014-05-11 10:43 (GMT+8)

  • China’s independently-developed Beidou differential navigation satellite system has achieved a positioning accuracy within one meter, a major breakthrough in marine application, local authorities said on Friday.
  • The Beidou Radio Beacon-Differential Beidou Navigation Satellite System (RBN-DBDS) is an augmentation system that provides improved positioning accuracy of the GPS-like Beidou Navigation Satellite System by broadcasting differential corrections to Beidou receivers in the medium frequency radio beacon band (285-325 khz), said Wang Cheng, a senior engineer of the Beihai Navigation Safety Administration under the Ministry of Transport, the developer of the system.

China expects to launch cargo ship into space around 2016 2014-03-02 11:37:35

  • BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) — China is expected to launch a cargo ship into space around 2016 to serve the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, a leading space scientist said Sunday.
  • The cargo ship, named “Tianzhou” or “Heavenly Vessel” in Chinese, will be delivered by the newly-developed Long March-7 carrier rocket and dock with Tiangong-2 automatically, said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China’s manned space program, in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

France, China Set Sail on Joint Ocean-surface Satellite Project

By Peter B. de Selding | Mar. 28, 2014

  • PARIS — The French and Chinese space agencies on March 27 confirmed their joint venture in radar ocean-surface research, approving the final construction of a satellite carrying instruments from both nations to be launched in 2018.
  • The China-French Oceanic Satellite, CFOSat, will carry the French Surface Waves Investigation and Monitoring, or SWIM, instrument, a wave-scatterometer spectrometer that has been under development for several years at the French space agency, CNES.

China preps satellite to help detect quakes

Updated: 2014-04-03 07:35 By Wang Qian (China Daily)

  • China’s first test satellite for detecting electromagnetic anomalies from space will launch in 2016 in a move that is aimed at improving the country’s earthquake monitoring network and moving its seismological science forward.
  • Yuan Shigeng, project manager for the satellite, said the polar-orbiting device will carry eight payloads, including a search-oil magnetometer, electric field detector, energetic particle sensors designed by China and Italy, and a Langmiur probe and plasma analyzer.

China launches experimental satellite

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-03-31 12:59

  • JIUQUAN – China successfully launched an experimental satellite into preset orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in its northwestern gobi desert on Monday morning.

Jade Rabbit: China’s robotic lunar adventurer

by Xinhua Writer Xue Yanwen 2014-03-15 20:39:00

  • BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) — In China’s previous space missions, astronauts like Yang Liwei emerged as heroes, but in the country’s third lunar exploration, a robot has unexpectedly grabbed the nation’s heart.
  • Lunar rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, roused from its third lunar night slumber on Friday, stretching its wings in the sun after its dormancy in temperatures as low as minus 180 degrees Celsius. People on Earth were relieved by its greeting on an online diary posted under the name “Lunar Rover Yutu.”

Chang’e-2 lunar probe travels 70 mln km 2014-02-14 20:47:00

  • BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) — China’s second lunar probe, Chang’e-2, has traveled more than 70 million km into deep space in good condition, so far the longest voyage of a Chinese spacecraft, a senior engineer said Friday.

China capable of exploring Mars: leading space scientist 2014-03-01 12:10:07

  • BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) — China has the capability of exploring the planet Mars, Ye Peijian, a top scientist with the Chang’e-3 program, the country’s lunar probe mission, told Xinhua on Saturday.
  • China is capable of sending a probe to circle Mars and having it land on the planet, Ye said, adding that the country has no problems with tracking control and communications technology.

China to launch first “space shuttle bus” this year

2014-03-03 22:06:32 | Editor: Bi Mingxin

  • BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) — China is expected to launch an upper stage aircraft this year that can be used as a “space shuttle bus” to propel payload in space, a senior official in charge of rocket research said Monday.
  • The Yuanzheng-1 (Expedition-1) upper stage aircraft, attached with a carrier rocket, can carry aircraft using its own power system after reaching an initial orbit, said Liang Xiaohong, Party secretary of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

Chinese space expert wins Von Karman Award

(People’s Daily Online) 09:26, January 13, 2014

  • Chinese space technology expert Wu Meirong was awarded Von Karman Award, the world highest award in astronautical science, at the World Summit in Washington on Jan. 10, 2014.
  • The award was given to Wu in recognition of her 50 years’ pursuit in space science and technology, as well as outstanding contributions to the international space cooperation. She is the first female space technology expert in the world who won the award.

China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover has ‘abnormality’

Jan 25, 2014

  • China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover has experienced a “mechanical control abnormality”, state media said on Saturday, in what appears to be a setback for a landmark mission in the country’s ambitious space programme.
  • The abnormality occurred due to “the complicated lunar surface environment,” the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

‘Goodnight, humans’: China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover posting

  • Beijing — Chinese Internet users flooded the country’s social media networks on Monday with condolences for the troubled Jade Rabbit moon rover, which experienced a “mechanical control abnormality” over the weekend.

Launch of Chinese Chang’e 3 Lunar Exploration Rover on Long March 3B

China launches its first moon rover mission

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, December 1, 9:13 PM

  • BEIJING — China launched its first mission Monday to land a rover on the moon, an unmanned operation scheduled to arrive in mid-December to start surveying the lunar surface and transmitting images.
  • The launch center’s director, Zhang Zhenzhong, declared the launch successful. “We will strive for our space dream as part of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation,” Zhang was quoted as saying.

China safely soft-lands rover on the moon

AP 8:52 a.m. EST December 14, 2013

  • BEIJING (AP) —China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades.
  • China is the third country to carry out a lunar soft landing after the United States and the former Soviet Union. The last one was by the Soviet Union in 1976.

Bolivia’s first telecoms satellite launched from China

  • A Chinese rocket launched Bolivia’s first telecommunications satellite early Saturday with the president of the South American country declaring it a success.
  • The Long March-3B carrier rocket blasted off from the Xichang satellite launch centre in China’s southwestern Sichuan province at 00:42 am (1640 GMT Friday), television images showed.

China plans to launch new lunar probe in 2017

Published December 16, 2013Associated Press

  • BEIJING – China said Monday its plan to launch its fifth lunar probe in 2017 with the aim of bringing lunar soil and rock samples to Earth was on track after a successful moon landing of another space probe over the weekend.
  • The Chang’e 5 mission would mark the third and final phase of China’s robotic lunar exploration program and pave the way for possibly landing an astronaut on the moon after 2020.

Retired astronaut Hadfield calls for co-operation with China in space


  • Published Saturday, Dec. 28 2013, 10:48 AM EST Last updated Saturday, Dec. 28 2013, 10:59 AM EST
  • Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is calling for more co-operation with China in space and he wants it to be part of any international effort to return to the moon.
  • “I think right now a lot of people see it as kind of crazy to co-operate with the Chinese, but I think it’s the next logical step,” Hadfield recently told The Canadian Press.

China Looms as Main Launch Competition, SpaceX Says

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer | October 15, 2013 11:07am ET

  • The U.S. dominated the commercial launch market in the first half of the 1980s but lost most of that ground to Europe and Russia over the last two decades. China remains a minor player in this arena now, but that won’t be the case for long, said SpaceX vice president for government affairs Adam Harris.
  • “We really feel at SpaceX that the competition is going to be the Chinese space program,” Harris said last month during a panel discussion at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Space 2013 conference in San Diego. [Photos: China’s First Space Station]

China to surpass Russia in number of satellites in orbit

Staff Reporter 2013-10-29 11:34 (GMT+8)

  • China currently operates 105 satellites in space and will need to launch just six more to surpass the number of Russian satellites in orbit, according to the China Space News, an outlet run by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

China’s Next Moon Mission Targets Lunar ‘Bay of Rainbows’

By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist | October 31, 2013 04:20pm ET

  • At China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, the moon-bound Chang’e 3 spacecraft is undergoing its final tests ahead of a planned launch in early December. Meanwhile, a Long March 3B carrier rocket, reportedly modified with new technologies and improved reliability, is set to reach the launch center via train from Beijing on Friday (Nov. 1).
  • As for the rover’s name, that is to be decided next month, based on nearly 190,000 entries on two China-based websites. According to the Beijing Times, “Yutu” (“jade hare” in Chinese) leads the list, while “Tansuo” (“explore”) and “Lanyue” (“catch moon”), are the second and third choices, respectively.

Backgrounder: China’s “triple jump” progress in lunar probes 2013-11-29 19:03:50

  • Blasting off at 6:05 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2007 from southwest China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Chang’e-1 entered lunar orbit after 18 days with only one orbital trimming — the adjustment required to achieve the desired orbit around an object.
  • Wu Zhijian, spokesperson for the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, said Chang’e-2 achieved several firsts. It was the first time a spacecraft had flown from lunar orbit to the second Lagrange Point (L2) orbit, where the gravity of the sun and Earth balance the orbital motion of the satellite; and the first time a spacecraft encountered the Toutatis asteroid at close range, capturing images with a resolution of 10 meters.

Mysterious Actions of Chinese Satellites Have Experts Guessing

by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist | September 09, 2013 07:12am ET

  • A set of three mysterious satellites has experts guessing about the Chinese space program’s intentions. No one really knows what the Chinese are up to, and everything is speculation.
  • “Not sure why these are a surprise, other than that the Chinese don’t tell us what they’re going to do, so anything they do comes without a convenient press briefing,” he said. [China’s Shenzhou 10 Space Lab Mission in Pictures] Close proximity maneuvers, like that between the two Chinese satellites, are consistent with a range of possibilities, from the benign (docking, refueling and repairs) to the malign (anti-satellite), Cheng told
  • “Beijing and Washington have a choice to make, the same choice that Moscow and Washington faced during the Cold War,” Krepon said. “Major powers can ramp up a competition to damage satellites, or they can arrive at tacit agreements to dampen this competition,” he said. “The United States and the Soviet Union chose wisely. China has yet to choose.”

China sets course for lunar landing this year

By Peter Shadbolt, CNN updated 6:33 AM EDT, Fri August 30, 2013

  • China set a bold new course in its ambitious space program Wednesday, when it announced plans to land its first probe on the moon by the end of the year.
  • If successful, Chang’e-3 will be not only China’s first attempt at a soft-landing on the lunar surface but the first time a soft-landing has been carried out since America’s Apollo missions of the 1960s and 70s.

US astronaut praises China’s space program

Updated: 2013-09-27 01:30

  • A female astronaut from the United States has spoken highly of the development of China’s aerospace program, and of the nation’s first female astronaut, Liu Yang. In an exchange between female astronauts from China and the US held on Thursday at Beihang University, or Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Sandra Magnus, a US astronaut, said she was impressed by the progress China has made.
  • “The space program in China is very impressive,” she said. “You have had a space station module and have done an amazing docking since flying the first person to space 10 years ago. “China has accomplished so much in such a short period, and I think China’s program is very strong and has a bright future.”

US and China partner on small-scale space projects

Concerns over technology theft have long stymied co-operation but that may be changing

Stephen Chen Monday, 30 September, 2013, 5:14am

  • China and the United States are unlikely to partner on large space projects any time soon, but co-operation is already under way on smaller endeavours deeply rooted in science.
  • Bai expressed gratitude for US help on China’s space programmes. Nasa, for instance, provided “enormous help” with the construction of satellite ground stations for remote sensing, he was quoted by the statement as saying. Bai said the two sides were co-operating on space geodesy, which dealt with the three-dimensional measurement of the earth. The co-operation had been going on for years and has produced encouraging results. China hoped the collaboration could continue.
  • Bolden said Nasa was “highly serious” about working with the Chinese. He wished for more co-operation in fields such as space-to-earth observation.
  • The co-operation on geodesy had been shallow and it would remain so as long as China and the US remained politically hostile to each other, he said, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue. “We can’t talk about space science without satellites, and we can’t talk about satellites without military-related technology,” he said. “So both sides seem to have a lot of secrets to keep, and that makes co-operation difficult, if not impossible. “That’s just the narrow mindset of politicians. As scientists, we want to share everything. Co-operation between the two largest economies in the world will only benefit the entire human race.”

Ten Years of Chinese Astronauts

by Morris Jones Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 11, 2013

  • For space boffins, this was a long-overdue addition to the elite club of nations with the ability to launch their own astronauts. The Soviet Union and the United States of America had both entered the club within a year of each other. Decades would pass without any new members joining this club, despite the dozens of guest astronauts who flew aboard American and Soviet or Russian spacecraft. The debut of China’s astronaut program was a refreshing development at a critical time.
  • Inside China, the Shenzhou program was another yardstick for measuring China’s rapid development as a modern, technologically advanced nation. National pride was stirred with justification. Outside of China, it gave the general public more notice of China’s steady rise, and also probably raised eyebrows in some thinktank circles.
  • China has made steady progress since then, developing the experimental Shenzhou spacecraft into a fully operational vehicle. China has conducted a spacewalk and sent two teams of astronauts to live aboard the Tiangong 1 space laboratory. Despite its official title, Tiangong 1 is actually a small space station.
  • China will land a small rover on the Moon later this year and expects to send probes to Mars in the years ahead. There will also be at least one new Tiangong space laboratory, and around 2020, China will complete its major near-term goal: The construction of the Chinese Space Station. This modular base in space will be much smaller than the International Space Station, but it will represent a large, well-equipped platform for China. Astronauts from other nations will probably visit the Chinese station, making it a sort of second international space station. But don’t expect any Americans to go there. The frosty relations between China and the USA, especially in a matters relating to spaceflight, cannot go unmentioned in this article. Again, this is a highly complex matter involving politics, economics, strategic issues, international relations and some occasionally strange agendas. Exactly how or if this will all be untangled in the future is unclear. So, let us all remember and celebrate this event. Spaceflight is an inspiration and a vital element of our society. Milestones like the flight of Yang Liwei serve to remind us all of this.

Chinese Rocket Engine Test a Big Step for Space Station Project

Leonard David July 22, 2013

  • China has successfully test-fired the rocket engine that will power the next-generation heavy-lift booster, the Long March 5, that will help drive the country’s space exploration into the final frontier.
  • China’s planned Long March 7 booster can place 13 tons (12 metric tons) into Earth orbit, and is designed to launch cargo spacecraft to the country’s manned space station, Yuan said.
  • “Histories of the Chinese space program speak in reverent terms about the sacrifices of generations of Chinese space scientists and engineers who suffered the deprivations of living and working in the existing facilities built in the remote and inhospitable dessert of western China,” Kulacki said. “Guarded by the military, cloaked in secrecy and imbued with an almost religious sense of political importance, the products of China’s traditional space culture are remembered as national heroes.”

China’s trouncing of U.S. in space race: ‘Unmistakable warning signs’

By Cheryl K. Chumley The Washington Times Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • “[There] are unmistakable warning signs that China may surpass the United States and Russia to become the world’s pre-eminent spacefaring power,” said John Hickman of Berry College in Georgia in a recent Foreign Policy article.
  • For example: China’s recent space mission, the piloted Shenzhou 10, “may determine the terms under which the spacefaring powers compete on the final frontier. … For Washington to continue to ignore Beijing’s resolute space policy doesn’t mean there is no space race. It means that Beijing wins by default.”
  • An Apollo program professor of astronautics and professor health sciences and technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Laurence Young, believes similarly. “My top line is that the Chinese are moving ahead aggressively on a human exploration program,” he said in an NBC report. Soon enough, China will send humans to the moon for exploration.

China Launches Three ASAT Satellites

Small maneuvering orbiters include one with a robotic arm

BY: Bill Gertz August 26, 2013 5:00 am

  • The three satellites, launched July 20 by a Long March-4C launcher, were later detected conducting unusual maneuvers in space indicating the Chinese are preparing to conduct space warfare against satellites, said the official who is familiar with intelligence reports about the satellites.
  • The posting stated that one of the satellites was monitored “moving all over the place” and appeared to make close-in passes with other orbiting satellites. “It was so strange, space analysts wondered whether China was testing a new kind of space weapon — one that could intercept other satellites and more or less claw them to death,” the report said.
  • The Chinese appear to be testing their capability for intercepting and either damaging or destroying orbiting satellites by testing how close they can maneuver to a satellite, the U.S. official said.

China to launch lunar probe for landing mission 2013-08-28 20:05:06

  • BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — China’s Chang’e-3 lunar probe is scheduled to be launched at the end of this year for a moon landing mission, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence announced on Wednesday.
  • The mission will see a Chinese space probe land on a celestial body for the first time.

US scientists boycott Nasa conference over China ban

Saturday 5 October 2013 01.09 BST

  • Nasa is facing an extraordinary backlash from US researchers after it emerged that the space agency has banned Chinese scientists, including those working at US institutions, from a conference on grounds of national security.
  • Nasa officials rejected applications from Chinese nationals who hoped to attend the meeting at the agency’s Ames research centre in California next month citing a law, passed in March, which prohibits anyone from China setting foot in a Nasa building.
  • But the ban has angered many US scientists who say Chinese students and researchers in their labs are being discriminated against. A growing number of US scientists have now decided to boycott the meeting in protest, with senior academics withdrawing individually, or pulling out their entire research groups.

China Space Program Ramping Up Capabilities, Pentagon Says

by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist Date: 21 May 2013 Time: 05:21 PM ET

  • last year China conducted a total of 18 space launches and expanded its space-based intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, navigation, meteorological and communications satellite constellations
  • China is improving its capabilities “to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by adversaries during times of crisis or conflict.”
  • China will continue to augment its orbiting assets, with the planned launch of 100 more satellites through 2015
  • China continues to develop the Long March 5 rocket, which is intended to lift heavy payloads into space, LM-5 will more than double the size of the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) payloads China is capable of placing into orbit

Video: China launches manned Shenzhou-10 craft to experimental space station

China lifts off past Europe in space travel


  • China’s advancing technological prowess has reached the point where it has overtaken Europe in the fields of space research and travel. Germany is also finding ways to assist the Asian nation’s missions.
  • Scientific experiments at zero gravity will not play a major role in this mission. With their unmanned mission, Shenzhou-8 in 2011, China was able to collaborate with German scientists.
  • “We are looking at opportunities to use the Chinese space station,” Thomas Reiter, head of the European Space Agency’s human spaceflight operations, said last month. “Some of our ESA astronauts are already learning Chinese.”

China’s first teacher in space gave lesson

Live from space China’s zero-gravity science lesson

Astronauts teach Chinese schoolchildren in live link from space

Raw: Chinese Space Capsule Returns to Earth

Chinese astronauts land safely after “perfect” space mission

  • BEIJING (Reuters) – Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, touching down in north China’s Inner Mongolia after a successful 15-day mission in which they docked with an experimental manned space laboratory.

China Readying 1st Moon Rover for Launch This Year

By Leonard David | – Fri, Jun 21, 2013

  • China’s robotic Chang’e 3 mission, reportedly slated to blast off toward the end of 2013, marks a big step forward in the nation’s lunar exploration program. Chang’e 3 will become China’s first craft to attempt a soft landing and rover deployment on the surface of the moon.
  • Last month, media outlets in China reported that final testing has begun on the Chang’e 3 probe (which, like the other Chang’e spacecraft, takes its name from the nation’s mythical moon goddess).
  • Looking further into the future, China’s step-by-step robotic moon effort also includes a return to Earth of lunar surface materials.

Launch Tiangong 1, first chinese space station

China Is Investing $810M In Beidou, A Navigation System It Hopes Will Eventually Rival GPS

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

  • China is investing $810 million to build an industrial park that can house 30-50 companies, focused on developing an ecosystem for Beidou
  • there is strategic significance in military as well, to not be dependent on US GPS
  • global coverage is expected by 2020, using 35 satellites, 16 have already been launched
  • currently used by the Chinese government and military for transport, weather forecasts, fishing, forestry, telecommunications, hydrological monitoring and mapping since December

Chinese Rocket Launches Four Satellites into Space

Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now Date: 30 April 2013 Time: 06:56 PM ET

  • A Chinese Long March rocket blasted off from a remote desert launch base Friday (April 26) with a high-resolution Earth-imaging payload, Ecuador’s first satellite and two other small satellites.

China’s own GPS makes inroads into neighbouring countries

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 18:26

  • Laos and Brunei, will be adopting the navigation system through research and co-operation agreements
  • Thailand is the first overseas customer of Beidou
  • Beidou’s advances in a number of South East Asian countries like Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines comes despite their maritime disputes with China

China Launches High-Altitude Rocket on Apparent Science Mission: Reports

Date: 15 May 2013 Time: 02:12 PM ET

  • China launched a suborbital rocket Monday night on an apparent high-altitude science mission, according to media reports.
  • “The experiment was designed to investigate energetic particles and magnetic fields in the ionized stratum and near-Earth space,” Xinhua reported. “According to a preliminary analysis by the NSSC [National Space Science Center], the experiment has reached expected objectives by allowing scientists to obtain first-hand data regarding the space environment at different altitudes.”

Pakistan adopts Chinese rival GPS satellite system

  • BEIJING — Pakistan is set to become the fifth Asian country to use China’s domestic satellite navigation system which was launched as a rival to the US global positioning system, a report said Saturday.
  • The Beidou, or Compass, system started providing services to civilians in the region in December and is expected to provide global coverage by 2020. It also has military applications.
  • Thailand, China, Laos and Brunei already use the Chinese system, which currently consists of 16 operational satellites, with 30 more due to join the system, according to English-language China Daily.

China’s space activities raising U.S. satellite security concerns

Mon Jan 14, 2013

  • A classified U.S. intelligence assessment completed late last year analyzed China’s increasing activities in space and mapped out the growing vulnerability of U.S. satellites that provide secure military communications, warn about enemy missile launches and provide precise targeting coordinates, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly. “It was a very credible and sobering assessment that is now provoking a lot of activities in different quarters,” said one former government official who is familiar with U.S. national security satellite programs.
  • The intelligence report raised red flags about Beijing’s ability to disrupt satellites in higher orbits, which could put the most sensitive U.S. spacecraft at risk, according to the sources. China has already conducted several anti-satellite tests at lower orbital levels in recent years.
  • “As China becomes a space superpower, and given that it does have a significant military component to its space program, it is inevitable that the U.S. will be concerned about threats to its most valued satellite systems, whether or not China actually intends to deploy such aggressive systems,” he said.
  • But they said Beijing could test its anti-satellite weapons in other ways that would be harder to detect, such as by jamming a satellite’s signals from the ground or issuing a powerful electromagnetic pulse from one satellite to disable another.

Europe may work with China on its future space station, officials say

Mar 1, 2013

  • A plan is afoot for China and Europe to cooperate on the venture, which might see the European Space Agency (ESA) building technologies, including a rendezvous and docking system, for the station, in exchange for opportunities for its astronauts to visit the facility.
  • China plans to have the space station running by 2020. Both the station and China’s manned spacecraft Shenzhou could use ESA’s International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM), because of a problem with the Russian system the Chinese have been using until now.

Military expert urges to accelerate China’s space early warning capacity building

March 15, 2013

  • Xiong Jiajun, professor of the Air Force Early Warning Academy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said that China’s air defense early warning system is sound and complete. At present, its radar technology keeps pace with the world’s highest level, and it even surpasses the best of foreign countries in some technical fields.
  • As regards the report from Japanese media on February 25, saying the U.S. government and the Japanese government reached initial consensus on deploying X-band radars in Japan, Xiong Jiajun revealed that China has also grasped the X-band radar technology. However, since China implements a strategy defensive in nature, it will never deploy such radars on its doorstep as some other countries do.
  • He also proposed that China should accelerate space early warning capacity building. Under the guidance of the national strategy defensive in nature, China has no military base abroad. Therefore, consolidating our capacity of early warning and detection in the outer space is of special imminence for China. Otherwise, it will face new security problems.

China prepares to grow vegetables on Mars: State media

December 4, 2012

  • Four kinds of vegetables were grown in an “ecological life support system”, a 300 cubic metre cabin which will allow astronauts to develop their own stocks of air, water and food while on space missions, Xinhua news agency said Monday.
  • “Chinese astronauts may get fresh vegetables and oxygen supplies by gardening in extra-terrestrial bases in the future,” the report said, adding that the experiment was the first of its kind in China.

New milestone for China: Probe snaps close-ups of asteroid Toutatis


  • China’s official news agency is reporting that the country’s Chang’e 2 deep-space probe made an amazing flyby of the asteroid Toutatis this week, snapping a series of pictures as it passed just 2 miles away. The achievement signals China’s entry into yet another exclusive space club.
  • Only four of the world’s space efforts have managed close encounters with asteroids: NASA (with NEAR Shoemaker and Dawn, for example), the European Space Agency (with Rosetta), Japan (with Hayabusa) — and now China with Toutatis.
  • Chang’e 2 was launched in 2010 primarily to serve as a lunar orbiter, but after a successful mission at the moon, the $132 million spacecraft was repurposed as a deep-space explorer. The encounter with Toutatis had been planned for months, but Chinese media kept mum about the results until Saturday.
  • “Oh my goodness, did they succeed. This is awesome,” the Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla said in a blog post passing along the news. On the Unmanned Spaceflight discussion forum, Ted Stryk wrote, “Welcome to the interplanetary club, China.”

China launches Turkish satellite


  • A Turkish Earth observation satellite was successfully sent into space from northwest China early on Wednesday morning, marking the completion of this year’s space launches.
  • Also according to the administration, China’s aerospace products’ successful entry into the West Asia and North Africa markets will help the country expand its international market of commercial satellite launching services.

China’s first 3D surveying and mapping satellite starts networking operation

December 28, 2012

  • China’s first transmission-type three-dimensional surveying and mapping satellite, Space Mapping-I system, formally started the networking operation recently, according to the Space Mapping Satellite Application Management Center recently. This was another breakthrough after China’s successful launching of the No. 01 Satellite of the transmission-type three-dimensional surveying and mapping satellite, Space Mapping-I system, on August 24, 2010.
  • The No. 01 and No. 02 Satellites of the Space Mapping-I system, China’s first satellites to achieve networking operation, can greatly improve the surveying and mapping efficiency and geometric control capability, accelerate the image-capturing speed in the target areas after seamless splicing of the images captured by the two satellites, and enhance information timeliness.

China Beats Russia on Space Launches

Jul 09, 2012

  • For the first time in the history of space exploration, China beat Russia on the number of space launches in a given period of time, a rocket engine manufacturer said on Wednesday.
  • China conducted 10 of the world’s total 35 launches in the first six months of 2012, Russia’s NPO Energomash said on its website.

China launches 2nd satellite built for Venezuela

Sat, Sep 29, 2012

  • CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — China has launched a second satellite built for Venezuela’s government.
  • Officials have said the satellite cost $140 million and will provide images for tasks such as mapping croplands, counter-drug efforts and monitoring floods.
  • The satellite is named after Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda.

First female astronaut honored outstanding woman 2012-10-04 17:05:18

  • BEIJING, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) — The All-China Women’s Federation recently honored China’s first female astronaut Liu Yang one of the national outstanding women.
  • The first Chinese female astronaut, Liu is “an outstanding representative of the Chinese women,” as she contributed to the successful Shenzhou-9 mission, the statement said.

China launches two Shijian 9 satellites


  • China successfully launched its first civilian satellites at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province at 11:25 am on October 14.
  • Launched on a single Long March 2C carrier rocket, the Shijian 9-A and Shijian 9-B are the first Chinese civilian satellites put in orbit to conduct technological experimentation, according to the China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application.
  • Shijian 9-A has already collected images above the Midwestern US with its high-res multispectral camera and successfully downloaded the data on October 18, the center said.

China puts European telecommunications satellite into orbit: Xinhua

AFP Nov 27, 2012

  • SHANGHAI: China on Tuesday “successfully” launched a European-made telecommunications satellite into orbit aboard a Chinese rocket, the official Xinhua news agency said.
  • The satellite, made by Thales Alenia Space, will provide telecommunications services for customers in Asia, Africa and Europe, the report said, but did not name them.

China launches Sri Lanka’s first satellite as India watches ties grow

COLOMBO | Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:25am EST

  • (Reuters) – Sri Lanka launched its first communications satellite on Tuesday in partnership with a Chinese state-owned space technology firm, the Sri Lanka partner said, adding to unease in neighboring India about Beijing’s growing ties with the island nation.
  • Vijith Peiris, chief executive of SupremeSAT, told Reuters in Colombo that the launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in western China was successful.

Report: China plans manned space launch this month

June 9, 2012 9:54 AM

  • BEIJING (AP) — China will launch three astronauts this month to dock with an orbiting experimental module, and the crew might include its first female space traveler, a government news agency said Saturday.
  • China has scheduled two space docking missions for this year and plans to complete a manned space station around 2020 to replace Tiangong 1. At about 60 tons, the Chinese station will be considerably smaller than the 16-nation International Space Station.

China develops new rocket engine


  • BEIJING, June 14 (Xinhua) — China announced Thursday that it has developed a new engine for its new generation of carrier rockets, making it the second in the world to harness such engine technologies.
  • The 120-tonne liquid oxygen/kerosene high-pressure staged combustion cycle engine will provide an effective guarantee for the country’s manned space and lunar probe missions, said the State Administration of Science,Technology and Industry for National Defence.

China launches space mission with first woman astronaut

  • Ms Liu and her two male colleagues are heading to the Tiangong space lab.
  • All systems appeared to function normally and eight minutes later, the spacecraft had entered orbit. Very shortly after Shenzhou-9 had unfurled its solar panels.
  • Those manoeuvres went well and gave Chinese officials the confidence to send up humans.

Shenzhou 9 launch, China rocket, June 16, 2012

Chinese astronauts parachute land after mission

June 29, 2012 8:21 AM

  • BEIJING (AP) — China’s first female astronaut and two other crew members emerged smiling from a capsule that returned safely to Earth on Friday from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.
  • “Tiangong 1, our home in space, was comfortable and pleasant. We’re very proud of our nation,” Liu Yang told national broadcaster CCTV.
  • The mission had included both remote control and piloted dockings with the module and extensive medical monitoring of the astronauts as part of preparations for manning a permanent space station.

Journey to the moon

Updated: 2012-04-27 08:47 By Xin Dingding

  • Scientists expect a manned moon landing could be achieved by China in 20 years, though there is no fixed timetable yet.
  • It is now in the second phase of achieving a soft landing on the moon. Chang’e-2, the backup satellite for Chang’e-1, was modified and launched in 2010 to test some key technologies for soft landing.
  • “China conducted its first spacecraft rendezvous and docking operation in the low-Earth orbit successfully last year. But how to do it in a lunar orbit more than 300,000 km away from Earth is a new challenge,” he says.

China launches new remote-sensing satellite 2012-05-10 19:00:56

  • TAIYUAN, May 10 (Xinhua) — China successfully launched the remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XIIII Thursday from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi, according to a press release from the center.

Post Long March-2F rocket delivered to launch center

08:35, May 11, 2012

  • JIUQUAN, Gansu, May 10 (Xinhua) — A Long March-2F carrier rocket was recently delivered to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, a spokesman with the country’s manned space program said on Thursday.
  • The Long March-2F, a rocket designed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology that will be used for the upcoming launch of the Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft, has undergone technical advancements in order to improve its reliability and safety, the spokesman said.

Launch will boost Beidou

Updated: 2012-05-1

  • China will launch another three satellites for the Beidou system, the country’s global positioning and navigation network, enabling it to provide a free positioning, navigation and time service for customers in the Asia-Pacific by the end of the year.
  • By 2020, Beidou will have more than 30 satellites, allowing it to compete with the GPS system operated by the United States, Ran said.
  • For example, some countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and some European countries, have cooperated with Chinese research institutes, including Wuhan University, to set up stations in these countries to trace Beidou satellite signals for future application of the system, such as in fisheries and agriculture, said Liu.

Hi-res mapping satellite expands coverage

May 24, 2012

  • BEIJING – The Ziyuan III satellite, launched on January 9 to produce high-resolution imagery for civilian use, has sent back visual data covering 45.79 million square km of the globe as of May 18, according to an announcement on Wednesday.
  • The data it has sent back covers more than 9.32 million square km of China’s territory.

Long March 3B launches military satellite Chinasat-2A

May 26th, 2012 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • A new military communications satellite – the Zhongxing-2A (Chinasat-2A) – was launched by a Chang Zheng-3B (Y17) (Long March 3B) launch vehicle on Saturday. Lift off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center LC2 launch complex took place at 15:56 UTC.
  • Due to its military nature, there is little technical information on the satellite. However, China use two types of satellites for secure military communications: the Fenghuo and the Shentong. The Fenghuo series is used for tactical military communications, providing secured digital data and voice communication to Chinese military forces.

China’s growing space industry to become leading force

To infinity and beyond

Updated: 2012-03-30 10:45 By Wang Ru (China Daily)

  • The world’s biggest single dish radio telescope is expected to start operating in southern province
  • The 500-meter Aperture Spherical radio telescope (FAST) will enable astronomers to get a jump-start on surveying neutral hydrogen in the Milky Way and other galaxies, detecting faint pulsars, looking for first shining stars and listening out for possible signals from other planets.
  • “FAST will make possible a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) survey that significantly supersedes other surveys,” says Zhang Haiyan, an official from National Astronomical Observatories (NAO) in charge of the project.

China’s space know-how said threat to US, Taiwan

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON, April 27 | Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:00am EDT

  • (Reuters) – China’s growing capabilities in space could undercut any U.S. military response if Beijing resorted to force to bring self-ruled Taiwan into its fold, a study released Friday by a congressionally mandated U.S. commission said.
  • The study said China’s growing push in military space programs “may complicate U.S. freedom of action in the Asia-Pacific region” for instance, because Beijing can use its satellites to track U.S. aircraft carriers and target them with anti-ship ballistic missiles.

China launches two navigation satellites, April 30, 2012

  • China successfully launched a pair of navigation satellites into space on Sunday, marking the first time two navigation satellites were launched with one rocket.
  • It is the first time China has launched two navigation satellites with one rocket, and the two satellites will help to improve the accuracy of the Beidou, or Compass system, the center said in a statement.

Chinese rocket sends French telecom satellite into space 2011-10-07 18:00:05

  • A France-made W3C communications satellite, carried by China’s Long March-3B rocket carrier, blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Oct. 7, 2011.

China Joins Space Race at Light Speed

China rockets forward in race to moon

By Jaime A. FlorCruz, CNN updated 9:47 PM EST, Thu March 8, 2012

  • Between June and August this year, China plans to launch its manned Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and then rendezvous and dock with a space lab which has been orbiting the earth since September.
  • If all goes as planned, China will become only the third nation, next to the U.S. and Russia, to dock capsules in space.
  • Chinese officials speak of a three-step manned space flight plan: send man into orbit, dock spacecraft together to form a small space lab, and ultimately build a large space station. “They are currently in step two,” says Joan Johnson-Freese of the U.S. War College. “For comparative purposes, it’s about where the U.S. was during the Gemini program.”

China’s satellite overcomes world technical challenge

By Liu Huan (Beijing Daily) 17:02, March 09, 2012

  • China’s Fengyun-IV Meteorological Satellite, an three-axis stabilized satellite,overcomes the world technical challenge by installing imaging sensors and monitors on a satellite, according to news from China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Corporation (CASC).
  • As China’s first earth-pointing three-axis stabilized remote-sensing satellite in geostationary orbit, Fengyun-IV, compared with Fengyun-II, a spin satellite, is added with a vertical sounder, a lightning imaging sensor, a space environment monitor. In addition, its channels for imagers are also greatly increased for the convenience of photographing and observing the atmosphere and ground nature under different spectrums.

China picks two female astronauts for space mission

10:38, March 25, 2012

  • Three Chinese astronauts, also known as taikonauts, will be chosen from the candidates to fly aboard the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft that will manually dock with Tiangong-1, an orbiting module of the country’s planned space station, and conduct scientific experiments, said Li Wei, deputy designer for spacecraft systems with the China Aerospace and Technology Corporation.

Chinese Long March 3B/E launches Apstar-7

March 31st, 2012 by Rui C. Barbosa

  • China opened their 2012 commercial launch manifest with the lofting of the Apstar-7 into orbit. The launch took place at 10:27UTC from the LC2 launch platform at the from the Xichang satellite Launch Center, using a Long March 3B/ (Chang Zheng-3B/E) launch vehicle.
  • Apstar-7 satellite’s C-band global beam covers Asia, Africa, Australia and part of Europe, while its multiple Ku band include a China Beam, a Middle East & North Africa Beam, an Africa Beam and a Steerable Spot Beam – able to provide in-beam and cross-beam broadcast and telecommunication services.
  • China’s fourth launch in 2012 was also the 159th successful Chinese orbital launch, the 159th launch of a Chang Zheng launch vehicle, the 3rd launch from Xichang in 2012 and the 71st orbital launch from Xichang.