China's First Cargo Spacecraft Tianzhou-1 to Be Launched[Apr 17, 2017]
China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 is to be launched into space between April 20 and 24, according to the office of China's manned space program. Tianzhou-1 is the first cargo ship independently developed by the country. It is expected to dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab and conduct in-orbit refueling.
Chinese scientists have created a three-dimensional, digital topographic map of the Antarctic seabed using data collected during a recent expedition. The map was made on the expedition in Antarctica using multi-beam sonar. With 80 gigabytes of data, the researchers were able to compile a high-definition map that can be used in Antarctic research or for navigation.
Chinese Scientists Build Soft Robotic Fish[Apr 13, 2017]
Chinese scientists from eastern China's Zhejiang Province have created a soft robotic fish with no motor and a fast speed. The 9.3-centimeter-long fish weighs 90 grams and has an electric controller at the core, fins made of silicone, and a silicone body and tail. The findings were published in the academic journal Scientific Advances earlier this month.
A Chinese satellite will not only enable passengers of high-speed trains to watch high-definition videos more smoothly but also help those at the scene of natural disasters report emergencies. Shijian-13, China's first high-throughput communications satellite, was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 7:04 p.m. Wednesday.
A graphene industry innovation center was established Tuesday in Beijing, aiming to become a world-class graphene composite technology research and industrial incubator hub. This center will take the advantage of Beijing's innovative resources to research and develop cutting-edge new materials. It hopes to speed up the transformation of scientific research achievements and enhance the graphene industry.
Progress continues on China's first airfield in Antarctica, with site selection and a survey completed and plans set for construction to begin as early as year's end. The airfield, near China's Zhongshan Station, will be able to handle fixed-wing aircraft. Specialists from the nation's 33rd Antarctic expedition recently surveyed a 3-square-kilometer area selected for the airfield.
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