China will launch its first ever moon rover mission on Monday, state media have announced.
A rocket carrying the vehicle, named “Jade Rabbit” in a nod to Chinese folklore, will blast off at 01:30 am local time (Sunday 1730 GMT).
“The Chang?e 3 is set to be launched for its moon mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 2,” state broadcaster CCTV said on its verified Twitter account on Saturday.
On October 24, China launched its first lunar probe, the first step of its three-stage moon mission. The circumlunar satellite Chang'e-1 blasted off on a Long March3A carrier rocket from a launch tower located in the Xichang Satellite Launch Center of southwestern Sichuan Province. The 2,300 kg Chang'e-1 separated from the carrier rocket and entered into a 16-hour orbit at 205 kilometers perigee and 50,930 kilometers apogee, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC). According to the Xinhuanet, this project is also supported by the Chilean Center for Space Studies (CEE) and three observation stations belonging to the European…... [read more]
Little is known about China's aircraft carrier program, which is a state secret. China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea. State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier, China's second and built in the northeastern port of Dalian, is not expected to enter service until 2020, once it has been kitted out and armed. Foreign military analysts and Chinese media have for months published satellite images, photographs and news stories about the second…... [read more]
China's military on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically-built destroyer, state media said, the latest addition to the country's rapidly expanding navy. The 10,000-ton warship was launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, the official Xinhua news agency said, making it the first of the People's Liberation Army Navy's "new generation" destroyers. "It is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons," Xinhua said, without giving further details. The state-run Global Times newspaper said the ship was believed to be the first Type 055 destroyer, which is considered to be a successor class to the smaller…... [read more]
(CEO) Tim Cook speaks during an Apple event to announce the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. Apple Inc is still awaiting a critical license from Chinese regulators before it can sell its new iPhone 6 in one of the company's most important markets. The official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday that Apple's new iPhone had been given regulatory approval for use on domestic frequencies, but the phone cannot be sold in China until a key network license is granted. The Xinhua report did not indicate when this…... [read more]
China launched a satellite to monitor its greenhouse gas emissions early on Thursday, the latest step in efforts to cut its carbon footprint, the official Xinhua news agency said. The launch follows the United States joining China in formally ratifying the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions. It also comes as large sections of northern China have been shrouded in near-record levels of air pollution for most of the past week, disrupting flights, closing factories and schools, and forcing authorities to issue red alerts. China launched the satellite via a Long March-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the…... [read more]
China launched a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other indoor public spaces on Sunday but few expect it to have much of an impact in the tobacco-hooked country with more than 300 million smokers. The nationwide prohibition is designed to bring China more in line with health regulations in developed countries but it faces a tough test in a nation where tobacco is deeply ingrained in the culture. Offering a cigarette is a common greeting among Chinese men while lighting up in elevators, buses or even in hospital waiting rooms is routine -- highlighting the lack of public…... [read more]
Air China launched Friday a direct flight route from Guangxi's Nanning City to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City with four flights planned per week. The first flight, with 76 passengers on board, arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on the same day. Jia Hangyu, who is responsible for the airline's Nanning office, said the route operates on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday weekly. Vietnam News Agency quoted him as saying the route should profit after its first year of operation. He said it demonstrated Air China's interest in opening more direct routes to many Southeast Asian nations as China and…... [read more]
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China's leaders celebrated the first images sent from the country's first lunar satellite on Monday, saying they showed their nation had thrust itself into the front ranks of global technological powers. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, visiting the scientists who have guided the lunar probe Chang'e 1 into space and around the moon, proclaimed the mission a success after it began to send back images, according to Xinhua news agency. An undated picture shows a part of the Moon's surface from a camera aboard China's Chang'e One lunar orbiter released November 26, 2007 by the China National Space Administration "The full…... [read more]
China has launched commercial and public services across the Asia-Pacific region on its domestic satellite navigation network built to rival the US global positioning system. The Beidou system started providing services to civilians in the region on Thursday and is expected to provide global coverage by 2020, state media reported. Ran Chengqi, spokesman for the China Satellite Navigation Office said the system's performance was "comparable" to GPS, the China Daily said. "Signals from Beidou can be received in countries such as Australia," he said. It is the latest accomplishment in space technology for China, which aims to build a space…... [read more]