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Technology breakthroughs propel China’s march as global hub

Updated: Oct 27,2017 10:21 AM     People’s Daily

1. Tianzhou-1 unmanned cargo spacecraft

Launched on April 20, 2017 from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China’s Hainan province, the Tianzhou-1 unmanned cargo completed automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab on April 22. As China’s first self-developed cargo spacecraft, it constitutes an important part of China’s manned space mission.

Tianzhou-1 de-orbited and entered the atmosphere again after receiving instructions from the ground following the completion of the space lab mission and follow-up tests on Sept 22, 2017.[Photo/China Academy of Space Technology]

2. China’s domestic-made aircraft carrier

China’s first home-built aircraft carrier was transferred from the dry dock to the water on April 26, 2017. It marked a major achievement in the independent design and construction of an aircraft carrier.

3. Fuxing bullet train

Officially named on June 25, 2017, the Fuxing bullet train was developed by the China Railway Corporation. Capable of running at a routine speed of 350 km/h and a top speed of 400 km/h, it travels between Beijing and Shanghai in only four-and-a-half hours. China owns exclusive intellectual property rights to the trains.

4. C919 airliner

The C919, China’s first self-produced large plane, completed its first test flight on May 5 at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. It was a historic breakthrough in China’s aircraft manufacturing, proving that China has acquired core competencies in developing modern aircraft.

5. Detection of pulsars by FAST

China’s 500-meter aperture spherical telescope (FAST) has identified two pulsars, the National Astronomical Observatories announced on October 10, 2017. It was the first time a radio telescope independently developed by Chinese scientists had found pulsars. Launched last September, FAST, the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, can receive electromagnetic signals from 13.7 billion light years away.

The FAST under construction.[Photo/government website of the Qiannan Buyi and Miao autonomous prefecture, Guizhou province]

6. Mining of combustible ice

On May 18, the China Geological Survey announced the successful mining of combustible ice in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea. It was the first successful mining of the argillaceous-silt type natural gas hydrate, a substance extremely difficult to extract, which accounts for over 90 percent of the world’s total reservoir of combustible ice.

A flame emerges on the Blue Whale 1 drilling platform in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea, marking China’s successful exploitation of natural gas from the natural gas hydrate at the seabed 1,266 meters under the sea. [Photo/China Youth Online]

7. Mozi quantum satellite

On Aug 10, Mozi, the world’s first quantum science satellite, realized the world’s first quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground and quantum teleportation from the ground to a satellite.

Xinglong Observatory of the National Astronomical Observatories interacts with Mozi quantum satellite.[Photo/Micro-satellite Innovation Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences]

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