A pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution imaging satellites, SuperView-1 01 and SuperView-1 02 launched by China on Wednesday, are currently deemed to be problematic as the two main payloads did not reach their intended orbit.
Moreover, various flight sequence events did not match up with pre-launch predictions, Spaceflight101 reported Wednesday.
The mission’s goal was to send the duo of satellites into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) at an altitude of about 310 miles (500 kilometers). From this orbit, they were to acquire high-resolution imagery of the Earth for civilian purposes.
The SuperView-1 01 and SuperView-1 02 (also known as GaoJing-1 01 and GaoJing-1 02), are the first two out of four satellites of the first generation of the SuperView constellation. These satellites can also be used for military purposes.
They are both identical spacecraft, built by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). The satellites are based on the CAST3000B platform and are fitted with two deployable solar arrays.
China plans one more orbital launch before year’s end. On Dec. 30, a Long March 3B rocket will lift off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, carrying the TJS 2 communications satellite for China National Space Administration.
China plans to sell its newly tested improvised version of its stealth fighter FC-31 Gryfalcon jet at a price much lesser than its western counterparts. According to Fu Qianshao, an aircraft expert with the PLA Air Force, AVIC wants to use the FC-31 to capture market share at home and abroad, but the company is making a big push to attract foreign buyers with its medium-sized stealth combat planes,
The Avicopter AC352 rotorcraft equipped with WZ16 engine has completed first flight today in Harbin. Developed by Avicopter and Airbus Helicopters jointly, the AC352 is a new seven-ton, twin-engine, multi-purpose rotorcraft
Philippines has been offered guns and equipment worth US$14 million (RM62.6 million) by China to fight against drugs and terrorism
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A Chinese research institute will begin work on a four-seat electric following the successful test flight of a two-seat version earlier this week. The two-seat plane, designated as the RX1E-A, achieved a flight time of two hours
China has confirmed receiving four Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets in late December, but said that Su-35 could be the last combat plane China would import because of advances in its own fighter jet program. The Peoples Liberation Armys website recently mentioned that with the commissioning of the J-20 domestically developed stealth fighter by China, Russia has understood that the Su-35 “would be losing its value on the Chinese market in the near future”, so was eager to complete the Su-35 deal
An image on Google Earth shows a Chinese nuclear attack submarine, docked in the harbour in Karachi in May last year, proving that Beijing likely to be scrutinizing Indian warships movements more closely than earlier. The nuclear-powered submarines have an unlimited range of operations since they need not come to surface for fuel as their nuclear reactors rarely require to be refueled
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is likely to be equipping its ground units with new light tanks, according to the photos published on Chinese online forums. Posted on 31 December on the CJDBY and FYJS websites, the images disabout 10 tanks on railway flatbed cars, resembling the Guilin railway station in China's southern Guangxi Province
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