China introduces wetland conservation achievements in Geneva

Mangrove area. /VCG China introduced its achievements of wetland conservation in the past 30 years at a side event titled "China's 30 Anniversary of Accession to the Ramsar Convention: Achievement and Outlook" held in Geneva during the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Con

China's cargo spacecraft sets new world record

The Tianzhou 5 cargo spacecraft launched on Saturday morning has docked with the Tiangong space station around noon. [Photo/Xinhua] The Tianzhou 5 cargo spacecraft launched on Saturday morning has docked with the Tiangong space station around noon, setting a world record for the fastest rendezvou

China's cargo craft Tianzhou-5 docks with space station combination

Photo: CMSBEIJING, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinas cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-5, delivering supplies for the space station, successfully completed its status setting and docked with the combination of the countrys space station on Saturday, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).At 12:10 p.m. (Beijing Time), Tianzhou-5 conducted a fast automated rendezvous and docking at the rear docking port of the space stations core module Tianhe, the CMSA said.This is the first time that Chinese astronauts witness the arrival of a cargo craft in the countrys space station.This mission achieved fast automated rendezvous and docking within about two hours. It is of great significance for improving the level of Chinas space rendezvous and docking, and for enhancing the emergency supply capacity for the space station.The Long March-7 Y6 rocket, carrying Tianzhou-5, blasted off at 10:03 a.m. from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern island province of Hainan.

China launches cargo craft Tianzhou-5 for space station supplies

Photo: Peoples DailyWENCHANG, Hainan, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- China launched cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-5 on Saturday to deliver supplies for the countrys space station, the construction of which is expected to be completed this year.The Long March-7 Y6 rocket, carrying Tianzhou-5, blasted off at 10:03 a.m. (Beijing Time) from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern island province of Hainan, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).After around 10 minutes, Tianzhou-5 separated from the rocket and entered its designated orbit. Its solar panels soon unfolded and began working. The CMSA declared the launch a complete success.At 12:10 p.m., Tianzhou-5 conducted a fast automated rendezvous and docking at the rear docking port of the space stations core module Tianhe.This is the first time that Chinas cargo craft has completed a fast automated rendezvous and docking in about two hours, setting a world record, according to Pan Weizhen, a designer of the cargo craft system from the China Academy of Space Technology.It is of great significance for improving the level of Chinas space rendezvous and docking, and for enhancing the emergency supply capacity for the space station.It is the first time that a cargo craft has docked with Chinas space station in its T-shape configuration, which weighs about 80 tonnes, verifying Tianzhou-5s adaptability to dock a large-tonnage target, Pan said.This is also the first time that Chinese astronauts in space have witnessed the arrival of a cargo craft at the countrys space station.The cargo craft carries around 5 tonnes of goods and materials and 1.4 tonnes of propellant for the space station complex, including essential supplies for the three astronauts on the upcoming Shenzhou-15 mission for their six-month orbital stay, Pan said.It also carries test projects including a science popularization satellite, a space hydrogen and oxygen fuel-cell system, and broad-energy-spectrum high-e...

NASA sticks to plan to launch Moon rocket Wednesday

File photo: NASANASA said Friday it plans to attempt its long-delayed uncrewed mission to the Moon as scheduled next Wednesday, after inspections revealed only minor damage from Hurricane Nicoles passage through Florida.Jim Free, a senior official at the US space agency, told journalists there was "nothing preventing" a launch on that date, and said that NASA teams had managed to access the launch pad on Thursday.The launch of the heavy lift rocket, the most powerful ever built by contractors for NASA, is now due to take place at 01:04am local time (0604 GMT) on Wednesday, with a possible launch window of two hours.The uncrewed mission, dubbed Artemis 1, will bring the United States a step closer to returning astronauts to the Moon five decades after humans last walked on the lunar surface.The rocket will propel the empty Orion crew capsule to the Moon, without landing on its surface. If the launch takes place as planned, the mission will last 25-and-a-half days before the capsule returns on December 11 with splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.However, the US space agency has "some work to do" before the launch, said Free, such as powering up the vehicle and carrying out some technical tests.One element on the base of the rocket, which may have been damaged, may need to be replaced.The highly anticipated launch has already been delayed three times in as many months. Free, who is NASAs associate administrator for exploration systems development, said two back-up launch dates have been set for November 19 and November 25, if necessary.Winds from Hurricane Nicole, a category 1 storm, battered the rocket as it stood on its launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. However, the wind speeds did not surpass the limits the vehicle can withstand, said Free.However, he conceded that if NASA had known the hurricane was approaching, the SLS rocket would have been left in the vehicle assembly building.The rocket was returned to the building in September ...

China to launch cargo craft Tianzhou-5 Saturday morning

The Tianzhou-5 cargo spacecraft and Long March-7 Y6 carrier rocket are seen on the launch tower at Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, Hainan Province, China, November 11, 2022. (Photo: CFP)WENCHANG, Hainan, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- China will launch the cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-5 from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan at 10:03 a.m. (Beijing Time) on Saturday, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).The Long March-7 Y6 carrier rocket, carrying Tianzhou-5, has been filled with propellant and is ready for its planned launch, said the CMSA.

China launches new environmental satellite

TAIYUAN, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- China launched a new environmental satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province Saturday morning.Photo: Peoples DailyA modified version of the Long March-6 rocket carrying the Yunhai-3 satellite lifted off at 6:52 a.m. (Beijing Time).The satellite has entered the preset orbit and will be used for atmospheric and marine environment surveys, space environment surveys, disaster prevention and reduction, and scientific experiments.It was the 448th mission of the Long March rocket series.

Buzzwords from 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit

HANGZHOU, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- 6G, human-computer interaction, industrial internet and cybersecurity have emerged as the buzzwords at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit that was held in east Chinas Zhejiang Province.(File photo: Xinhua) The three-day event, which ran from Wednesday through Friday, featured the display of numerous applications, the introduction of cutting-edge technology and vibrant discussion forums.SIXTH-GENERATION TECHNOLOGYWith the roll-out of 5G commercial applications well under way, 6G wireless technology has captured global attention and was a topic of extensive discussion at the Wuzhen Summit.The speed of 6G networks can reach the scale of Tbps, a data transfer rate high enough to support intelligent interaction, immersive XR, holographic communication, digital twins and other emerging services, said Tao Xiaofeng, professor at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.Current 6G research, however, lacks enabling testing environments to help assess its candidate technologies and their standardization, Tao noted.EAGLE 6G, one of 15 leading internet technologies unveiled during the summit, is a prototype system in support of high-speed 6G wireless access, and provides a scenario to test the relevant technology."EAGLE 6G will help boost the capacity of the 6G innovation ecosystem, accelerating the cultivation of emerging strategic industries," Tao said.HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTIONAn array of novel apps involving human-computer interaction made their debut at the Light of Internet Expo, an event that is part of the World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit.Among these unique applications was a pedelec, or pedal electric cycle, that supports navigation while riding."Equipped with 4G interface cards, Wi-Fi and bluetooth, the bike allows riders to enjoy music and navigate their roads with the help of a smart voice assistant," said Hou Guanghui, chief operating officer of the manufacturer based in Jiaxin...

Rwanda cuts 126,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over last nine years

Rwanda has cut 126,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the last nine years owing to strategic climate resilience investments made across the country, this is according to the latest official data presented at the ongoing 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Egypt. Photo: CFPThe data on green investments released by the Rwanda Green Fund showed that since 2013, funding worth 247 million U.S. dollars has been mobilized for strategic climate resilient investments.The funding was invested in 46 green projects across the country that helped to cut the carbon emissions.At least 47,000 hectares of forests and agro-forestry were planted while 31,000 hectares of watershed and water bodies have been protected, it showed.Over 88,000 households were given access to off-grid clean energy while 120,000 people were supported to cope with the effects of climate change, according to the data.Speaking during the event, Rwanda’s finance State Minister for Economic Planning, Claudine Uwera said Rwanda needs an estimated 11 billion U.S. dollars to mitigate and adapt to climate change effects up to 2030.Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

China auto sector continues growth momentum

BEIJING - Chinas automobile industry continued to see robust growth in production and sales in October 2022, new data showed Thursday.Auto production in the worlds largest automobile market reached 2.6 million units and automobile sales exceeded 2.5 million units last month, rising 11.1 percent and 6.9 percent year on year respectively, data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed. Vehicles for export are parked at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, in October. (Photo: China Daily)In the first 10 months of this year, automobile output reached 22.24 million units, up 7.9 percent year on year. Automobile sales totaled 21.98 million units, rising 4.6 percent.In breakdown, the countrys passenger vehicles market maintained double-digit year-on-year growth. The output and sales of passenger vehicles in October surged 16.9 percent and 10.7 percent year-on-year, respectively.In the same period, the commercial vehicles market remained weak, with production up 0.8 percent and sales down 1.8 percent, month-on-month, respectively.Chinas new energy vehicle (NEV) market saw a remarkable expansion in October. The output of NEVs in the country reached 762,000 units last month, up 87.6 percent year-on-year, while the sales of NEVs rose 81.7 percent from a year earlier to 714,000 units.Favorable market policies will continue to boost the NEV market. China announced that the purchase tax exemption for NEVs will be extended to the end of 2023. This marks the third extension since the country first implemented the policy in 2014.The number of new charging points for NEVs in China grew at a fast clip in October. Some 39,000 public charging posts were added last month, according to the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance.By the end of October, the number of charging posts across the country had reached 1.675 million, the alliance said.Chinas automobile exports hit a record high in October. The country expo...

South Korea's 2nd prototype of KF-21 fighter jet aces maiden flight

Photo: agenciesThe second prototype of South Koreas homegrown fighter jet, the KF-21 Boramae, made a successful maiden test flight Thursday, Yonhap reported on Thursday, citing the countrys arms agency.

China's AG50 light-sport aircraft obtains type certificate

A Lingyan AG50 light-sport aircraft is seen during its maiden flight in Jingmen, central Chinas Hubei Province, August 26, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)The Lingyan AG50, Chinas new-generation light-sport aircraft, has obtained its type certificate, a milestone on its journey to market operations.The AG50 was awarded the certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), indicating that its design meets airworthiness standards and environmental requirements.The new aircraft is designed for aeroclubs, general aviation companies, training schools and private pilots. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 650 kilograms, a payload of 245 kilograms, and a range of 1,000 kilometers.The AG50 completed its maiden flight in August 2020 in the central Chinese province of Hubei.

Hot running test carried out on section of Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway

Workers conduct electricity inspection in a trial section of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway, in Bandung, Indonesia, Nov. 5, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)JAKARTA, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The hot-running test of the catenary system of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (HSR) trial section started on Wednesday, marked by the slow departure of the Chinese-made Electric Multiple Units from the Tegalluar Station in Bandung.The hot-running test is aimed to ensure that the high-speed railways power supply equipment has met the requirements needed to conduct a series of joint tests later. This was the first time that the Electric Multiple Units which arrived in Indonesia on Sept. 1 appeared on the Jakarta-Bandung HSR track.All functions of the traction power supply system were thoroughly tested during the one-day test. The essential indicators and parameters have fully met the design criteria, laying a solid foundation for dynamic testing in the next step.With a design speed of 350 km per hour, the Jakarta-Bandung HSR built with Chinese technology will cut the journey between Jakarta and Bandung, the capital of Indonesias West Java province, from over three hours to around 40 minutes.

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China's Tianzhou-5 cargo craft transported to launch site

The Tianzhou-5 cargo spacecraft will be launched in the near future at an appropriate time.

NASA Moon rocket launch delayed again, this time by storm

NASA again rescheduled its long-delayed uncrewed mission to the Moon on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Nicole churned toward the east coast of Florida, officials said.NASAs Space Launch System rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop a mobile launcher at Launch Pad 39B in the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, the United States on Aug. 17, 2022. (Photo credit: NASA)A launch attempt, which had been scheduled for November 14, will now take place on November 16, Jim Free, a senior official at the US space agency, said on Twitter.It is the third delay of the highly-anticipated launch in as many months."Our people are the most important aspect of our mission," wrote Free, who is NASAs Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development. "Adjusting our target launch date for #Artemis I prioritizes employee safety and allows our team to tend to the needs of their families and homes."The Atlantic Ocean storm was expected to develop into a hurricane Wednesday near the Bahamas, before making landfall in Florida either later that evening or early Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.A hurricane warning has been issued near the Kennedy Space Center, where the rocket -- NASAs most powerful ever -- is to blast off.With Nicole gaining strength, "NASA... has decided to re-target a launch for the Artemis I mission for Wednesday, Nov. 16, pending safe conditions for employees to return to work, as well as inspections after the storm has passed," the agency said in a statement Tuesday evening.NASA added that a launch occurring during a two-hour window that opens at 1:04 am EST (0604 GMT) on November 16 would result in a splashdown on Friday, Dec. 11.A back-up launch date has been set for November 19.NASA said it would leave the giant SLS rocket on the launch pad, where it had been placed several days before.After two launch attempts were scrubbed this summer because of technical problems, the rocket had to be returned to ...

Sony to begin plastic packaging phase-out next year

Sony will start phasing out plastic packaging for small electronic gadgets such as smartphones, cameras and audio accessories from next year, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. (File photo: CGTN) From April, plastic packaging will not be used for some new products weighing one kilogram (2.2 pounds) or less.The Japanese conglomerate wants to eliminate the material from all containers for newly designed smaller goods by 2025, the spokeswoman told AFP."Instead of plastics, we will mainly use paper, and a so-called original blend material made from bamboo, used paper and squeezed sugarcane fibre," she said.Sony eventually wants to eliminate plastic packaging for larger products like televisions, but no specific time frame has been decided yet, she said.Most plastics, including those in packaging and single-use products, do not readily decompose in nature.The material can break down into polluting microplastics, which have been found in all corners of the world and even in some human organs.Sony has announced a long-term global plan targeting "zero environmental footprint" throughout the lifecycle of its products and business activities by the year 2050.

China's new loyal wingman drone to greatly change air combat: designer

An FH-97A loyal wingman drone is exhibited for the first time at the Airshow China 2022, which is held from November 8 to 13 in Zhuhai, South Chinas Guangdong Province. (Photo: GT)Chinas FH-97A loyal wingman, a type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can accompany manned aircraft and provide it with intelligence, information and firepower support, made its debut at the Airshow China 2022 held in Zhuhai, South Chinas Guangdong Province in early November, with its chief designer saying that this new technology is expected to greatly change conventional air combat.Developed by Feihong Company under the Ninth Academy of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the FH-97A loyal wingman drone is exhibited to the general public for the first time at the Airshow China 2022."Loyal wingman is a key hot topic in the field of UAVs in recent years, and is widely considered to be an important part of the future unmanned combat system," Deng Shuai, chief designer of the drone, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview at the event.It is the drone industrys general belief that loyal wingmen are expected to greatly change the pattern of conventional manned air combat by creating a new niche in the air combat system, Deng said.Based on this cutting-edge combat concept, the FH-97A loyal wingman drone is designed as a new type of autonomous UAV formation system. It can form a dense formation and efficiently coordinate with manned combat aircraft to perform air superiority operations, air defense suppression, and air escort missions, the Global Times learned from the drones developers.It can solve not only the problems of limited service scale of manned aircraft and aging aircraft, but also build a pattern of unmanned cooperative combat.The FH-97A can carry out collaborative reconnaissance with special mission aircraft, as it can detect potential threats and provide early warning by flying ahead of the manned aircraf...

China has more than 2.22 million 5G base stations

China had 2.22 million 5G base stations by the end of September, accounting for 20.7 percent of its mobile base stations, up 6.4 percentage points from the end of 2021, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Chinese air force to bring new jets to Airshow China

J-10 fighter jets participate in a rehearsal, Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China, November 6, 2022. (Photo: CFP)The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will showcase an array of aircraft at the upcoming 14th Airshow China to be held from November 8 to 13 in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, a PLA Air Force spokesperson said on Sunday.The YU-20 tanker aircraft, the J-16 multirole fighter jet and the high-altitude long-endurance Attack-2 drone will be among them. They will make their first appearance at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China, said Shen Jinke, a PLA Air Force spokesperson.A new-generation equipment of the PLA Air Force, the YU-20, has conducted several aerial refueling exercises for warplanes, including the J-20, the J-16 and the J-10C, displaying the PLA Air Forces long-range maneuvering capabilities, Shen said.The J-20 is Chinas indigenous fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter jet. It was first publicly displayed at the 11th Airshow China in November 2016.

Airshow China 2022 ready to open as top equipment for air, sea & space plus flight performances 'to reflect Chinese achievements'

A H-6K bomber carrying two new-type missiles is ready to be put on display at Airshow China 2022 in Zhuhai, South Chinas Guangdong Province on November 6, 2022. (Photo: GT)With the Airshow China 2022 to kick off on Tuesday in Zhuhai, South Chinas Guangdong Province, the Zhuhai International Air Show Center was on Sunday almost ready to welcome visitors with some of the most attractive exhibits already in place, and many aircraft had already conducted rehearsals for flight performances.The air show will not only display the Chinese militarys and arms industrys achievements in the air, but also on the ground and at sea, with equipment in all fields to be represented, experts who visited the expo said on Sunday.In the static display area, the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force for the first time displayed a vehicle-mounted laser weapon system that targets small drones, a new and thinner missile of the HQ-9B air defense system, as well as the HQ-11 universal terminal defense system, which includes a vehicle equipped with vertically launched missiles and another vehicle equipped with a close-in gun.It is the first time that the PLA Air Force has revealed the WZ-10 electronic reconnaissance drone and the KJ-500A, which is a KJ-500 early warning aircraft with an added aerial refueling probe.Two new types of munitions also garnered wide attention: What seems to be a stealth air-to-surface cruise missile carried by a JH-7A2 fighter bomber, and what seems to be an air-launched ballistic missile carried by an H-6K bomber, which arrived at the site a few days ago.Since Saturday, aircraft to deliver flight performances have been holding rehearsals above the event site, including four J-20s and a YU-20 aerial tanker. On Saturday, two J-20s landed and took off for the first time in Zhuhai in a rehearsal, and a YU-20 rehearsed on Sunday with three aerial refueling baskets released.Within the exhibit halls, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp...

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