Chang’e, Beidou, Gaofen (High Resolution) satellites...receiving our space day with plentiful achievements

Chang’e, Beidou, Gaofen (High Resolution) satellites...receiving our space day with plentiful achievements

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On April 17, China National Space Administration held the press conference of Space Day of China in 2019, which reviewed the achievements made in China’s space industry over the past year and introduced the arrangement of activities on the Space Day in 2019.

▲ The poster of Space Day of China in 2019 was released at the conference

In the past year, great achievements were made in China’s space industry. Various launch vehicles, satellites and detectors developed under the charge of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation have obtained success continuously, and the expected scientific research and application objectives have been fulfilled, which has further promoted the building of China as a strong country in the field of aerospace: 


New breakthroughs were made in scientific and technological innovation

In 2018, the Long March carrier rocket series finished 37 launch activities and successfully sent more than a hundred satellites to the orbit.

▲ The 37th launch of Long March launch vehicle

On January 3, 2019, Chang’e-4 probe successfully landed on the preselected landing area on the far side of the moon, which was the first soft landing of the space vehicle on the far side of the moon and opened a new chapter in lunar exploration.

▲ Sketch of Chang’e-4 probe’s soft landing on the far side of the moon

In 2018, 18 Beidou Navigation satellites were successfully launched. The global basic satellite networking system was finished, forming the capacity to provide services to Belt and Road countries and regions.

▲ Global networking diagram of Beidou Navigation satellites 


New progress has been made in spatial infrastructure construction

In 2018, the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope Satellite Insight successfully finished in-orbit delivery, marking that China’s high-energy astronomical research has entered a new stage of spatial observation.

▲ Sketch of the X-ray Satellite Insight

The in-orbit delivery of Shijian-13 high flux satellite was successfully finished, which further satisfied the requirements for access of aviation, navigation and railway internet communication customers.

▲ Sketch of Shijian-13 high flux satellite

GF5 and GF6 satellites were delivered in the orbit, which greatly improved the business service capability.


▲ Sketch of GF5 and GF6 satellites

Fengyun 2 H satellite and Fengyun 3 D satellite were formally delivered. Eight Fengyun meteorological satellites realized in-orbit stable operation. As an important member of the global integrated earth-observation system and the duty satellite of the Charter mechanism, they have made new contributions to the disaster prevention and reduction as well as economic and social development of over 90 Belt and Road countries and regions.

▲ Sketch of Fengyun 2 H satellite and Fengyun 3 D satellite

Emerging businesses like satellite internet have been deeply assessed and are ready for development.

▲ Diagram of the global low-orbiting satellite mobile communication and spatial internet system 


New achievements have been made in the international cooperation in aerospace

Scientific loads were collected in the whole world for Chang’e 4 satellite. It carried four internationally cooperative loads for the lunar exploration program for the first time in China. These instruments were sent to the moon on Chang’e 4 satellite. Scientists in the countries of the world worked hand in hand to explore the secrets of the universe, and have achieved fruitful results.

▲ Jade Rabbit-2, the rover of Chang’e 4 probe, was put into use

The Electromagnetic Monitoring Experiment Satellite which carried the high-energy particle probe developed by Italian Space Agency was successfully launched. The presidents of both China and Italy sent messages of congratulations to each other.

▲ Sketch of Zhang Heng Electromagnetic Monitoring Experiment Satellite

Sino-French oceanographic satellite was launched successfully. The oceanic radiometer and spectrometer developed by China and France worked well, and the presidents of the two countries sent messages of congratulations to each other.

▲ Sketch of Sino-French oceanographic satellite

The 30th anniversary of China and Brazil’s cooperation in aerospace is coming. The cooperation between China and Brazil in aerospace has been deepened.

▲ Sketch of China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS)

In the meanwhile, the space technology has been used to promote the economic and social development more widely and deeply. Remote sensing satellites are making contributions to weather forecast and disaster prevention and reduction. Communication satellites have enabled 0.12 billion persons in the area where TV network is not available to have the chance to watch TV. The social volume of holding of various terminals of Beidou satellite navigation system has reached about 0.1 billion sets. In recent years, among 2000 new materials developed and used in China, 80% are developed as driven by the space technology...

The Space Day of China in 2019 takes “Pursue space dream for win-win cooperation” as the theme. The news conference mainly introduced the activity arrangements of this year’s Space Day. With the theme of “Pursue space dream for win-win cooperation”, relevant state ministries and commissions, local management departments of the science and technology industry, aerospace enterprises and institutions, and relevant universities and communities will hold more than 350 activities like scientific lectures and aerospace exhibitions.

The major place for holding this year’s Space Day is Changsha, Hunan. To obtain the detailed arrangements of the activities at the major holding site, please press long and scan the QR Code below to get some information from the editor in advance.

Source: Official website of State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence and China National Space Administration, Official WeChat of Space Day of China, the website of CCTV,China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

H5/ Lin Jiaxin Liu Zhe Ding Jie