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China's space-based observatory sends first solar image​

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2022-11-24 13:03:00

NANJING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's solar exploration satellite has transmitted its first solar image since being sent to space in October, according to the Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) based in east China's Jiangsu Province.

The Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S) -- nicknamed Kuafu-1 in Chinese -- sent hard X-ray imaging of solar flares that broke out at 1:00 a.m. (Universal Time) on Nov. 11, 2022, said Gan Weiqun, the satellite's principal scientist from PMO under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Gan said the image was taken by the satellite-loaded hard X-ray imager (HXI). Although still in the testing period, the imaging effect is excellent, allowing the effective identification of both the eruptive details and the fine structure of the Sun.

Kuafu-1 was launched aboard a Long March-2D rocket on Oct. 9 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

The space-borne solar observatory, named after Kuafu, a giant in Chinese mythology who indefatigably chased the sun, runs in a sun-synchronous orbit, which is not hampered by the Earth's rotation, while an Earth-based telescope can see the Sun only in the daytime.

"ASO-S is capable of probing the Sun 24 hours a day for most of the year," said Gan. "Its longest daily time-out is no more than 18 minutes when briefly running through the shadow of Earth each day from May to August."
 

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China Completes First Test of 130-ton Thrust Reusable Rocket Engine​

Reusable high-thrust rocket engine achieves successful trial runs​

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2022-11-27 15:16:30

XI'AN, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- A 130-tonne class reusable liquid oxygen kerosene staged combustion cycle rocket engine has successfully completed trials twice, according to the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology on Saturday.

The engine is designed to be an Earth-space shuttling power device for China's new generation of reusable carrier rockets. It has high comprehensive performance, strong expansion ability, and high reliability.

Some components of the engine adopt new technologies such as 3D printing, automatic welding, and intelligent assembly, said the academy, adding that the engine made breakthroughs in twice ignitions of high-pressure supplementary combustion and continuous variable thrust.

The engine is expected to serve the operation of the country's space station.
 

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China launches new remote sensing satellite​

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2022-11-27 21:23:30

XICHANG, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched a new remote sensing satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province Sunday.

The Yaogan-36 satellite was lifted at 8:23 p.m. (Beijing Time) by a Long March-2D carrier rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully.

This launch marked the 451st mission for the Long March series carrier rockets.

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China to launch Shenzhou-15 manned spaceship on Nov. 29​

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2022-11-28 11:15:00

JIUQUAN, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Shenzhou-15 crewed spaceship will be launched at 11:08 p.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, announced the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on Monday.

The spaceship will take three astronauts -- Fei Junlong, Deng Qingming, and Zhang Lu -- to carry out the Shenzhou-15 spaceflight mission. Fei will be the commander, said Ji Qiming, assistant to the director of the CMSA, at a press conference.

The crew will stay in orbit for about six months.

The launch will be carried out with a Long March-2F carrier rocket, which will be filled with propellant soon, Ji said.

According to him, after entering orbit, the Shenzhou-15 spaceship will make a fast, automated rendezvous and dock with the front port of the space station's core module, Tianhe.

The space station will then be expanded to its largest configuration with three modules and three spaceships, having a total mass of nearly 100 tonnes, Ji said.

During their stay in orbit, the Shenzhou-15 crew will witness the arrival of the Tianzhou-6 cargo craft and Shenzhou-16 manned spaceship. They will also have a work handover with the Shenzhou-16 crew in orbit.

The Shenzhou-15 astronauts will return to the ground in May next year according to the plan, he said.
 

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China launches Shenzhou-15 spaceship, aiming at first in-orbit crew rotation​

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2022-11-29 23:08:45

JIUQUAN, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- China launched the manned spaceship Shenzhou-15 on Tuesday night, with three astronauts onboard due to meet with their colleagues on the country's space station and conduct a work handover.

The spaceship, atop the Long March-2F Y15 carrier rocket, blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

The Shenzhou-15 astronauts will, for the first time in China's space history, conduct an in-orbit rotation with the Shenzhou-14 crew, who were sent to the space station in June, said the CMSA.

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China's six astronauts in two missions make historic gathering in space​

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2022-11-30 09:27:30

BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The three astronauts aboard China's Shenzhou-15 spaceship entered the country's space station and met with another astronaut trio on Wednesday, a historic gathering that added the manpower at the in-orbit space lab to six for the first time.

Chen Dong, the commander of the Shenzhou-14 crew, opened the hatch at 7:33 a.m. (Beijing Time). The three space station occupants greeted the new arrivals with warm hugs and then they took a group picture with their thumbs up, shouting in chorus -- "China's space station is always worth looking forward to."

The space reunion kicked off the first in-orbit crew rotation in China's space station, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

The six astronauts are projected to live and work together for about five days to complete planned tasks and handover work, said the CMSA.

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China's Shenzhou-14 astronauts to return to Earth on Dec. 4​

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2022-12-03 17:55:30

JIUQUAN, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's Shenzhou-14 astronauts, who have completed all their scheduled tasks, will return to Earth on Dec. 4, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said Saturday.

The three astronauts handed over the control of the space station to the Shenzhou-15 crew on Friday evening, completing the country's first in-orbit crew rotation, according to the CMSA.

They will touch down at the Dongfeng landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The landing site is currently making preparations for the return of the three astronauts, the CMSA said.
 

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China's Shenzhou-14 separates from space station combination​

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2022-12-04 12:25:30

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's Shenzhou-14 manned spaceship separated from the space station combination at 11:01 a.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

Three astronauts, Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe, have lived and worked in the space station complex for 183 days.

Prior to the separation, the astronauts had completed various work, such as completing the in-orbit rotation with the Shenzhou-15 crew, setting the status of the space station complex, sorting and downloading experiment data, and clearing and transferring supplies kept in orbit, with support from sci-tech staff on the ground, the CMSA said.

The Shenzhou-14 spaceship will reenter the Earth atmosphere at an appropriate time under ground control and start its journey home.

The three Shenzhou-14 astronauts were sent to the space station on June 5. They have completed multiple tasks over the past few months, including overseeing five rendezvous-and-dockings, performing three extravehicular activities, giving one live science lecture, and conducting a number of sci-tech experiments.
 

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China's Shenzhou-14 astronauts return safely​

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2022-12-04 23:39:00

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Three Chinese astronauts on board the Shenzhou-14 manned spaceship returned to Earth safely on Sunday, after completing their six-month space station mission.

Shenzhou-14's return capsule, carrying astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe, touched down at the Dongfeng landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at 8:09 p.m. Beijing Time, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

The astronauts were in good shape, and the Shenzhou-14 manned mission was a success, the agency announced.

They were carried out by ground workers and placed onto chairs in front of the capsule. They looked relaxed and waved to the ground crew.

"Welcome back home," people cheered for the trio, as many raised their cameras to capture the historic moment.

"I am honored to witness the formation of our space station's basic configuration," said Chen, the mission commander, also the first Chinese astronaut to stay in orbit for more than 200 days. "I am proud of my country."

Liu, China's first female astronaut, said she had an unforgettable memory in the space station and is excited to return to the motherland.

The return capsule separated from Shenzhou-14's orbiting capsule at 7:20 p.m. on Sunday under the command of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

Soon after the return capsule landed, the ground search team arrived at the landing site. Medical personnel confirmed that the astronauts were in good health.

The three astronauts went to the space station on June 5. They completed multiple tasks during their mission, including overseeing several rendezvous-and-dockings, performing three extravehicular activities, giving a live science lecture, and conducting several sci-tech experiments.



 

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China launches new test satellite​

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2022-12-07 11:04:15

JIUQUAN, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- China successfully sent a new test satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Wednesday.

The VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) test satellite was launched by a Kuaizhou-11 Y2 carrier rocket at 9:15 a.m. (Beijing Time) and entered the planned orbit.

The satellite will be mainly used for communications test and key technologies verification of the VDES and the automatic identification system (AIS).

It was the 23rd flight mission of the Kuaizhou-11 rockets, according to the launch center.

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China launches new test satellite​

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2022-12-07 11:04:15

JIUQUAN, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- China successfully sent a new test satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Wednesday.

The VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) test satellite was launched by a Kuaizhou-11 Y2 carrier rocket at 9:15 a.m. (Beijing Time) and entered the planned orbit.

The satellite will be mainly used for communications test and key technologies verification of the VDES and the automatic identification system (AIS).

It was the 23rd flight mission of the Kuaizhou-11 rockets, according to the launch center.

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