Posts Tagged ‘Space exploration’

China wants to go to Mars themselves by 2013

November 10, 2011

After the the failure of Russian’s Phobos-Gruntmission mission, China now wants to do it all by themselves. Associated chief editor of “Space International” (国际太空) Pang Zhihao (庞之浩) indicated that China hopes to launch its probe to Mars using its own rocket and communication system by 2013.

Launch of Shi Jian 11-04 Failed due to Long March 2C Rocket Failure

August 18, 2011

The launch of Shi Jian 11-04 failed due to Long March 2C rocket problem. The Chinese authority didn’t disclose any details but only saying that investigation is going on. Rumors said that the rocket ascended like a spiral. Rumors also said that the Chinese have found problems in CZ-2C while they launched Shi Jian 11-03 on July 6. If it is true, then it is really a surprise that they launched SJ 11-04 so soon. In 2009, The design team of CZ-2 series replaced many members. This could contribute to the failure in some way.

Space Policy Explained

July 27, 2011

If you are confused by the space policy of the US, here is a series of videos that may help:


CASA Organizations and Websites

April 29, 2011

It is not so easy to get a whole picture of the Chinese space industry structure and the same for the websites of space exploration related websites. This is probably due to the fact that the whole industry is somehow related to military and a tradition that China does not release information on its on going programs. However, there are still some useful websites that are dedicated to space news. I hope this blog entry will help its readers.

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The following list is based on the above org chart which is provided to me by one of my colleagues:


Six news items on Space Daily in one day

March 4, 2011

Yesterday, I saw six items on China from Space Daily covering news on lunar missions, GPS missions, and a Mars mission. More are coming. This is impressive. But why all in a sudden, there are so many news items on China on Space Daily? The answer is: CPPCC opens in Beijing on March 3. The phenomenon is a result of political propaganda.

China’s “Fantastic Four” Moon Plan

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 3, 2011
Since 2010, this author has pursued the story that China was planning four missions to land on the Moon this decade. The idea was a big change from our earlier understanding of China’s Moon plans, which suggested there would be just two landings. Now, more evidence for the “Fantastic Four” has emerged in the Chinese media. The evidence for such a plan is now highly convincing!


Maybe Chang’e-1 images are indeed online

November 22, 2010

After I wrote “China will make full Moon image maps available – in print only“, reader pdx writes:

What are you talking about? The Chinese put the CE-1 data online a couple of years ago (07/2008). The website was:

Up to a couple of weeks ago, you could preview sample CE-1 data online. It seems that they have recently brought down the preview for maintenance or updates.

To download the real data, you need to fill out an application form, get the approval, and receive a download link. Many research organizations and space agencies, including ESA, received the data a long time ago.


Will NASA Watch Become CNSA Watch?

November 1, 2010

NASA Watch reported on Nov. 1 2010 that NASA administrator Charles Bolden met with Chinese Country Space agency Bureau Chief Chen Qiufa (陈求发). Chen’s name was mistakenly shown as Chen Qiu in the English translation. As far as I remember, this is the first time that Chinese characters are shown on NASA Watch. One can expect that there will be more and more news related to China space activities. Will NASA Watch become a CNSA Watch too? I think CNSA needs an eye on it.

China will make full Moon image maps available — in print only

October 8, 2010

Update: A reader pointed out that China indeed provided a website for Moon probe data: A user account is required and must be pre-aproved. Only Chinese interface is available.

China has long been claiming that all Chinese nationals can have access to Chang’e-1’s data” after its launch in October 2007. In late 2008, China published one symbolic digital lunar map taken from Chang’e-1.


Competition of the Moon Missions

October 1, 2010


Competition of the Moon Missions chart
A Chart made by Chinese


China’s Chang’e 2 Simulations

September 30, 2010


The following are video simulations of China’s Chang’e 2 mission and beyond. Texts are extracted from “China Ready For Another Lunar Encounter” and “China’s Space Programme Gears Up For Missions To Moon And Mars” and “China’s Next Moon Probe to Be Faster, Better Than First “.