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Chinese space technology overcomes technical difficulties
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09:21, February 22, 2008

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The China Space Technology Research Institute adheres to the road of independent development and innovation. For 40 years, we have independently developed and launched more than 70 man-made satellites, six "Shenzhou" spacecraft and a lunar probe; and achieved a new leap forward in three fields of space technology: satellites, manned space flight and deep space exploration. We have also realized a breakthrough in exporting satellite technology and a number of firsts in Chinese history.

Over the past 40 years, the Chinese Research Institute of Space Technology has made breakthroughs in technology that are recognized by the international aerospace industry. It has acquired a number of prominent space technologies; and has obtained a number of major space science and technology projects. We have entered the ranks with those in the world advanced in satellite recovery, geostationary orbit communications satellites, manned spacecraft, and lunar exploration. We constantly promote the sustained and rapid development of China's space industry, and have produced six remote-sensory satellites: "The Red East" communication and broadcasting satellite, "Fengyun" meteorological satellite, the "Practice" exploration and technological experiment satellite, "Resources" Earth Resources Satellite; and the "Beidou" navigation and positioning satellite, and marine satellite series are in planning.

Before the "Ninth Five -Year Plan," China launched an average of less than 1.5 satellites per year. During the "11th Five-Year Plan" period, the average rose to eight. Remote-sensory satellites in orbit rose from 3 days to 27 days. The No. 22 communications satellite on the 3rd common platform of "Red East" has been there for over eight years; and the new generation large-capacity communication satellite, based on 4th common platform of the "Red East," will have a service life of over 15 years.

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