Space debris from China’s Long March 5B rocket has landed near the Maldives in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, with the bulk of its components disintegrating upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The coordinates of longitude 72.47 degrees east and latitude 2.65 degrees north places the point of impact in the ocean, west of the Maldives archipelago. Astrophysicist Jonathon McDowell predicted that the potential debris zone could have been anywhere from New York, Madrid or Beijing to southern Chile and Wellington, New Zealand. Read more for some live coverage and additional information.
China has successfully launched the first core module of its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long term and join the ISS when complete. Called Tianhe (Heavenly Harmony), this module was sent into space on a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center on the southern island province of Hainan. It marks the beginning of the first of 11 missions to complete, supply and crew the station by the end of 2022. Read more for two videos and additional information.
First, there was this life-sized Gundam in Yokohama, Japan. Now, Shanghai has gotten its own version that can be found at Mitsui Shopping Park’s LaLaport in the Pudong New Area. Standing 59-feet-tall, it was built to celebrate the launch of the Gundam Base gunpla store opening. The cornerstone-laying event was held on Monday, while the opening ceremony will be held on May 28 for the public as well as being live streamed on Bilibili. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines was forced to cancel a flight after a man threw six coins into the plane’s engine for good luck. Fortunately, the airport workers noticed coins on the floor under the engine in a pre-takeoff inspection. Around 150 passengers were escorted off flight GX8814 from Weifang to Haikou, in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Hainan, for further inspection as well as their safety. Read more for a news segment and additional information.
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It’s true, the official China National Space Administration (CNSA) Twitter account allegedly has confirmed the discovery of intelligent life, and sparked conversations about it being from another world. Currently, China’s Tianwen-1 is orbiting the Red Planet, and next month, it will drop a lander carrying its rover to the Martian surface. The orbiter and rover will then explore the geology and soil characteristics of Mars, including searching for water and ice. However, China is also using a Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) in the search for intelligent life. Read more for a video on the telescope, a bonus video and additional information.
Game developer Cygames in partnership with Bilibili wanted to get the word out about the China launch of Princess Connect! Re:Dive. So, they used 1,500 drones to create a giant QR code over Shanghai’s Bund that anyone could use to take them direct to the app store. For those who’ve never heard of the title, it’s essentially a real-time action role-playing game where players can form a party of up to five members to participate in various modes such as main quests and player versus player (PvP). Read more for the drone video and additional information.
Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021 visitors probably came across OrionStar’s 5G Robotic Coffee Master as it served up piping hot beverages at Qualcomm Technologies’ booth. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, this master barista can make up to 1,000 cups of coffee every day, or three times faster than a human can. To reach this level of expertise, it underwent 3,000 hours of AI learning, 30,000 hours of robotic arm testing and machine vision training. Read more for two videos and additional information.
To celebrate the launch of the Genesis brand in China, the company lit up the Shanghai skyline with thousands of drones in an eye-opening performance. It also set a new Guinness World Records for “The Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously”. The performance, titled the “Genesis of Genesis”, marks the start of the brand in China and wowed audiences on both sides of the Bund. Read more for a video and additional information.
Ever wonder how some countries build those massive bridges? In China, they use the SLJ900/32, which received the nickname “The Iron Monster,” and rightfully so. Developed by the Beijing Wowjoint Machinery Company, this massive machine is capable of carrying, lifting / placing sections of track, and connecting pillars with heavy stone blocks. Once each section is laid, the 300-foot vehicle with 64-wheels returns to collect another block before rolling forward to place another section. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The FAW Group’s Hongqi H9 luxury sedan aims to take on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in China. The exterior boasts protruding red trim, an integral part of the model’s front face, and a classic waterfall grill, while the side profile sports flowing lines extending from the headlamps to the rear. Step around back, and the rear integrates modern techniques with Chinese culture elements such as the Tian’anmen Rostrum of Beijing. Readm ore for an in-depth test drive and additional information.