Putin dismisses assertion that China’s hypersonic missiles present threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP) Russia’s president dismissed the idea that hypersonic weapons under development in neighbouring China posed a threat to Russia’s security, while asserting the strength of Moscow’s relationship with Beijing. Vladimir Putin spoke via videoconference on Tuesday at a Russian investment forum, according to Bloomberg, and suggested that the US was further … Read more

Guiding Tianwen-1 to China’s first successful Mars rover landing

Main components of the Tianwen-1 spacecraft. Credit: Beijing Institute of Technology Press Co., Ltd Mars landing missions only succeed about half the time, a rate largely determined by the entry, descent and landing (EDL) phase, according to the researchers who designed Tianwen-1’s control systems.  They published their guidance, navigation and control approach for Tianwen-1 on October … Read more

ESA attempted to pick up data on Mars from China’s Zhurong • The Register

The European Space Agency (ESA) has made its first attempt to pick up data transmitted by the China National Space Administration’s (CNSA) Zhurong rover for relay back to Earth. Using orbiters as relays is a relatively common practice and means landers require less payload for transmitters and more for instruments. A short-range radio can transmit … Read more

In Tangshan, symbol of China’s difficult energy transition

In a steel plant in Tangshan (northeast China), February 24, 2020. YANG SHIYAO / XINHUA / MAXPPP Sitting against a parapet in front of his brick house, Mr. Hu is sunbathing. This old peasant with a weathered face remembers the days when the sky was black, even in broad daylight. “There was so much soot … Read more

US Space Force: China’s pace of development of space systems is worrying

“The biggest challenge for China in the space domain is the high pace at which the country develops its systems,” he said on Wednesday, November 3. (during the second day of the Global MilSatCom ’21 conference) General Bradley Chance Saltzman of the United States Space Force. This was the way of, inter alia, to the … Read more

Gen. Milley: the overtones of China’s hypersonic test similar to the Sputnik 1 effect

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the U.S. Armed Forces referred to the recent reports of the British daily The Financial Times (about a trial of a new hypersonic weapon that travels in orbit and is ultimately capable of bypassing missile defense systems) in an interview aired on Wednesday, October 27 … Read more

At Mars, China’s Tianwen 1 orbiter and Zhurong rover are back in action after a radio blackout

A panoramic image taken by Zhurong released on announcement of the end of the solar conjunction period. (Image credit: CNSA/PEC) China’s Tianwen 1 orbiter and Zhurong rover are once again active at Mars following a communications blackout caused by the sun interfering with radio signals sent from Earth. Tianwen 1 and Zhurong had been in … Read more

China’s Mars rover successfully survives solar outage, to continue trek of scientific exploration

Photo released on June 11, 2021 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows a selfie of China’s first Mars rover Zhurong with the landing platform. (CNSA/Handout via Xinhua) China’s Zhurong Mars rover – the country’s first deep-space probe exploring the Red Planet – has once again embarked on its trek of scientific exploration after … Read more

China’s Shenzhou 13 Mission and Its Long-Term Impact – The Diplomat

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, China, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 shows three Chinese astronauts, from left, Ye Guangfu, Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping waving after entering the space station core module Tianhe. Credit: Tian Dingyu/Xinhua via AP Advertisement On October 16, China … Read more

Reports of China’s orbital hypersonic attempt. “Amazing Progress”

According to the Financial Times, the Chinese test in August allowed for the testing of an advanced version of the experimental high-speed missile, adapted to hitting a target at very high cruising speeds. As unofficially reported, the tested effector did not manage to hit the target, missing by nearly 30-35 km. Nevertheless, on the basis … Read more