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China’s Chang’e 5 lunar probe achieved a major milestone when it successfully completed a soft lunar landing on Tuesday. Its moon lander and ascender vehicle landed near the peak of Mons Rümker, a mountain in the Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) region of the moon. This area was chosen because its geological age dates back to around 3.7 billion years, which could help scientists gain a more comprehensive understanding of the formation and evolution of the celestial body. Read more for a video and additional information.
China’s Long March-5, the country’s largest carrier rocket, successfully launched at 4:30 a.m. Beijing time from Wenchang Space Launch Center carrying the Chang’e-5 lunar probe, which will collect moon rocks to help scientists understand more about its origins and formation. This will also test China’s ability to remotely acquire samples from space, ahead of more complex missions in the near future. If Chang’e-5 returns successfully, it would make China the third country to have retrieved lunar samples. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The team at Shenzhen Damoda Intelligent Control Technology Co., Ltd. (China) in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China set a new world record for the most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously at 3:45:39 am on September 20 2020. They used the drone formation to pay tribute to Tiangong-1, Beidou satellite system and China’s space station. The Beidou satellite system is one of the four major global satellite navigation systems by the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), along with satellite systems developed by the United States, Russia and the European Union. Read more for a video and additional information.
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China-based Lens Technology (Changsha) Co. Ltd may be working on a smartphone with an octa rear camera setup. The company registered a design patent that was approved on October 2, 2020 and also included in the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) database for worldwide protection of the design. A full-screen screen smartphone with a notchless display is seen in the patent sketches, along with a physical bottom at the bottom. Read more for another picture and additional information.
You can either demolish a building and rebuild it elsewhere, move the structure piece-by-piece, or use specialized robotic legs. Engineers in China chose the latter, and attached 198 robotic legs onto the bottom of an 85-year-old historical school building in Shanghai. In the span of around 3-weeks, it managed to move 62 meters, a few inches at a time. These legs mimicked human feet and this walking function saved them 20% more time compared to other methods. Read more for a video and additional information.
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China’s Yutu-2 lunar rover went northwest, traveling toward an area with basalt and an impact crater area with high reflectivity on the 23rd lunar day – single lunar day is equal to 14 Earth days. Its near-infrared spectrometer on the rover was used to detect a rock about 30 cm in diameter. To date, the rover has survived 660 Earth days on the far side of the moon, and the rover has traveled 1,856-feet. Read more for a video and additional information.
Lynk & Co, a global premium brand created by Geely Auto Group, have just unveiled the Zero Concept ahead of the Beijing Motor Show this weekend. This is an all-electric luxury sedan based on Geely Holding’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), a pure electric architecture that will be used as the basis for all new electric vehicles within the Geely Holding Group portfolio. Technical information has not been released, but the company did mention that it will achieve a 435-mile range on a full charge. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Some may not have even seen the first FlexPai, but today, Royole unveiled their FlexPai 2 foldable smartphone. Sporting a 7.8-inch AMOLED wraparound display with a 4:3 aspect ratio (1920×1440-pixel resolution), up to 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of internal storage, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, quad camera setup (64MP [W] + 16MP [UW] + 8MP [Tele] + 32MP [Portrait]), Wi-Fi 6, USB-C, and a 4450mAh battery with 18W Qualcomm 4.0 Fast Charging. Read more for a video and additional information.
Transparent OLEDs have been showcased at trade shows for years, but this is the first practical application of the technology in a public setting. LG installed their see-through displays on subway trains in China, or to be more specific, the Beijing (Line 6) and Shenzhen (Line 10). Some of the windows have been replaced with 55-inch transparent OLED displays that show real-time information about speed, schedules, locations, transfers, associated flights, local weather, news, and more. Read more for a video and additional information.
The world’s longest glass bridge has officially opened at the Huangchuan Three Gorges Scenic Area in Lianzhou, Southern China. Measuring 1,726-feet long, the bridge is even wide enough for cars to safely drive across. Should you decide to walk across it, the Lianjiang River will be visible below. There are four observation decks in the center section that can hold 500 people at once. Read more for a video and additional information.