China Plans to Launch 1st Cargo Spacecraft As Early As Mid-April | Xinhua
China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft via a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket in April, sources said. Consisting of a cargo capsule and a propellant capsule, Tianzhou-1, the first cargo spacecraft independently developed by China, has a take-off weight of about 13 tonnes, up to six tonnes of which is payload. It can remain in space on its own for as long as three months.
Russia: Contract of S-400 Missile Systems to China at Manufacturing Stage | China Military
Russia's contract on the sell of S-400 air defense missile systems to China is at the manufacturing stage, reported Russian news agency Sputnik, citing Victor Kladov, director for international cooperation of the Rostec state corporation. "Thus far there is an operating contract signed with China on the supply of S-400, it is in the production phase," Sputnik quoted Kladov as saying.
China flight tested a new variant of a long-range missile with 10 warheads in what defense officials say represents a dramatic shift in Beijing's strategic nuclear posture.
The recent Chinese missile launch with 10 warheads was a normal "scientific" test and not targeted at any foreign nation, according to China's Defense Ministry.
Classified Report on Hypersonics Says US Lacking Urgency | Aviation Week
Less than four years ago, it seemed that the US Air Force was on the brink of developing the first generation of air-breathing high-speed strike weapons following the success of the experimental scramjet-powered Boeing X-51A. Now a classified report warns that the United State may be losing its lead in hypersonics to China and Russia.
China Unveils Small Precision-Guided Missile AR-2 | Quwa
The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics recently revealed the AR-2 small precision-guided air-to-ground missile, the
China Daily reports. The AR-2 uses a 5-kg warhead with a semi-active laser-homing seeker. The AR-2 was designed for the CH-series of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, which were developed and produced by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
New Chinese Missile Upgrade Likely Designed with Taiwan In Its Crosshairs | Forbes
Earlier this month, the state-run English-language newspaper China Daily reported on the most recent public displays of the People's Republic of China's DF-16, designed, in large part, as a potential offensive weapon against the island nation of Taiwan.
Expert: What's Behind China's Trial Launch Of DF-5C Intercontinental Missile | China Military
Some international media reported recently that China trial-launched its new intercontinental missile DF-5C carrying 10 MIRVs (Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle) in early January. What's the strategic significance of the successful trial launch of DF-5C? What technological innovations does it have?
Trump and his aides may demand that NASA send astronauts to orbit the moon before the end of Trump's first term--a move that one Trump adviser said would be a clear signal to the Chinese that the United States intends to retain dominance in space.
China to Launch Advanced Propulsion and Laser Communications Satellites in 2017 | gbtimes
China is preparing for a series of experimental communications satellite launches in 2017, starting with Shijian-13 (Zhongxing-16) in April and the Long March 5 launch of Shijian-18 in June. Shijian-13 will test advanced ion propulsion that will cut the need for propellant, saving liftoff mass and mission lifetime.