Unlike the direct return approach employed by the Soviet Union in Luna 24, Chang'e-5 will use a complex lunar orbit rendezvous system (like Apollo, suggesting China really does have its eyes on crewed lunar landings).
It's not an official, funded goal yet, is it?
Will the coronavirus epidemic, and associated travel quarantines, delay launch campaigns scheduled after the Lunar New Year's holidays?Wuhan is an important location in China's space program, yes?Longer-term: Will this also significantly delay programs approaching fruition later this year?
Quote from: zubenelgenubi on 02/03/2020 09:41 pmWill the coronavirus epidemic, and associated travel quarantines, delay launch campaigns scheduled after the Lunar New Year's holidays?Wuhan is an important location in China's space program, yes?Longer-term: Will this also significantly delay programs approaching fruition later this year?Wuhan is an important base for CASIC (Kuaizhou series), not CASC. Therefore, it is possible to affect launch schedule for kuaizhou series(KZ-1, KZ-11). But it is unlikely coronavirus will impact the space program. For example, CZ5B-Y1, CZ7A-Y1, and their payloads all have arrived at Hainan recently.
The concept of the Solar Ring mission was gradually formed from L5/L4 mission concept, and the proposal of its pre-phase study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China in November 2018 and then by the Strategic Priority Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences in space sciences in May 2019. Solar Ring mission will be the first attempt to routinely monitor and study the Sun and inner heliosphere from a full 360-degree perspective in the ecliptic plane. The current preliminary design of the Solar Ring mission is to deploy six spacecraft, grouped in three pairs, on a sub-AU orbit around the Sun. The two spacecraft in each group are separated by about 30 degrees and every two groups by about 120 degrees. This configuration with necessary science payloads will allow us to establish three unprecedented capabilities: (1) determine the photospheric vector magnetic field with unambiguity, (2) provide 360-degree maps of the Sun and the inner heliosphere routinely, and (3) resolve the solar wind structures at multiple scales and multiple longitudes. With these capabilities, the Solar Ring mission aims to address the origin of solar cycle, the origin of solar eruptions, the origin of solar wind structures and the origin of severe space weather events. The successful accomplishment of the mission will advance our understanding of the star and the space environment that hold our life and enhance our capability of expanding the next new territory of human.
WUHAN, April 3 (Xinhua) -- China will launch the first two communications satellites for its space-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) project in mid to late April, with one satellite named after its birthplace Wuhan, according to the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).…The two satellites, Xingyun-2 01 and 02, are the first stars of the "Xingyun Engineering" project, which is scheduled to complete the network with 80 low-orbit communications satellites. They were designed and developed by the Xingyun Satellite Co., a subsidiary of Sanjiang Group.Xingyun-2 01 was named "Wuhan." It will work for a Chinese low-orbit constellation for Internet-of-Things communications and be tested in industries related to marine, forestry and engineering machinery, the company source said.
HAIKOU, April 15. /TASS/. The Chinese province of Hainan plans to launch a constellation of satellites of the Sanya-1 series into space in 2021. As reported by the newspaper "Hainan Zhibao", these devices will be the first remote sensing satellites in the region that will be able to transmit images in high resolution.According to the publication, the group "Sanya-1" will consist of two devices. Currently, they are already being built at a specialized enterprise. These satellites will be used in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and ocean research.The Sanya-1 spacecraft was developed by Satellite (Zhuhai) Aerospace Technology using technology from Harbin Polytechnic University.In addition to Sanya-1, Hainan plans to launch several satellite series, including four Hainan-1 and two Sansha-1 probes. After the successful formation of the satellite constellation, the spacecraft will provide earth observation for the needs of the shipping and fishing industry. In addition, satellites can be used in search and rescue operations at sea...
…Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, founded by Chinese billionaire Li Shufu, said on Friday that it will launch two satellites into low orbit by the end of this year....