Space city in the desert not so secret

Dongfeng Space City sounds hi-tech but it looks plain.

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012, 12:00am


The stars my destination

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Vice-premier to attend official opening at Tamar

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Dreams inspire space camp's chosen few

Once, a trip to Nasa facilities in the United States was the dream of youngsters who aspired to become astronauts. Now, it may be a visit to Beijing and to the nerve centres of China's space programme.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

All systems go for space camp

Chau Kei-wai, 16, did not achieve her goal last year of joining a training camp for young would-be astronauts at the facility where the nation's space travellers are trained.

Chau failed the fitness test but she did not give up and spent a year exercising in preparation for this year's selection.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

New centre in Hainan to help space industry soar

China launched the construction of a new space centre yesterday in Wenchang , Hainan , as part of a campaign to challenge the dominance of the US and Russia from both a space and a business standpoint.

15 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

New satellite launch base set for 2014 Hainan liftoff

China is expected to ramp up competition in the international space launch industry when the country's fourth satellite launch centre goes into operation in 2014 in Hainan province .

21 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Era of Chang'e

For a few giddy seconds, as the space rocket and the launch towers come into view from our tour-bus window, it feels as if we have gone back in time to watch one of the legendary Apollo launches at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US state of Florida. The illusion is shattered as our guide hurries down the aisle and gives each of us a small yellow hand-towel and a bottle of water.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

AsiaSat 3 ready for launch in Baikonur

The third satellite of Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AST) is due to be launched early today in the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan.

The Russian Proton rocket carrying the satellite was due to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome just after 7am.

23 Dec 1997 - 12:00am