PLA trialing electromagnetic rockets on ‘roof of world’

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A prototype of an electromagnetic catapult and its payload. Photo: Handout

 

The catapults could fend off invading forces from hundreds of kilometers away without the need to marshal troops to traverse the rugged Tibetan Plateau

Chinese state media have revealed technological breakthroughs that could transform the concept of electromagnetic rockets from the realm of science fiction into reality and put them to work defending the nation’s meandering border in Tibet.

An array of cutting-edge rockets designed to be catapulted from fixed or portable launch pads by electromagnetic force are likely to undergo trials in the high-altitude wilderness of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Continue reading

Beijing set to unveil ‘Made in China 2025’ 10-year plan

Beijing will soon unveil details of its “Made in China 2025” initiative, the first of three 10-year plans aimed at turning the nation into an advanced manufacturing powerhouse, the Beijing-based Economic Observer reports.

The State Council approved the “Made in China 2025” plan on March 25 and an expert close to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the aim is to address the country’s lack of high-end technology in the manufacturing sector. According to the expert, the plan will be implemented through a series of projects and the establishment of innovation centers backed by universities and businesses. Continue reading

China schemes to dig railway tunnel under Everest

Delhi: China is planning to burrow deep below Mount Everest to build a new rail link to Nepal, which could one day make train travel between Calcutta and Beijing a possibility.

A railway line already runs from Xining in central China as far as Tibet. But Chinese officials said that Nepal had asked for the route to be extended up to the border and on to Kathmandu.

Reports in Kathmandu suggested the proposed line could then continue to Lumbini, a World Heritage Site, passing under Everest to get there. Continue reading

Satellite launch center in Hainan mostly completed: report

China has largely completed construction of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) in the southern island province of Hainan, the nation’s fourth launch base and its first in a coastal area, which in the future will be able to launch missions for space stations, manned moon landings and Mars probes, People’s Daily Overseas Edition reports.

The WSLC, as the nation’s largest and most advanced launch site, will be able to launch the new, heavy Long March V rocket and other series under development, as well as launches for space station payloads and deep space exploration satellites. Continue reading

China mulls high-speed train to US: report

China is considering building a high-speed railway across the Siberia and Bering Strait to Alaska, across Canada to the US. In not so distant future, people can take the train from China to the US, according to Beijing Times Thursday citing Wang Mengshu, a railway expert and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Continue reading

China plans world’s longest underwater tunnel: China Daily

BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) — China is planning to build the world’s longest underwater tunnel beneath the Bohai Sea by 2026, according to a Friday report in the China Daily

“Once approved, work could begin as early as 2015 or 2016,” Wang Mengshu, a tunnel and railway expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering who has worked on the plan since 2012, was quoted as saying by the paper. Continue reading