China science, technology news summary — Jan. 6 – Big News Network

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BEIJING, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) — The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

SPACE PLAN FOR 2021

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the leading force of the country’s space industry, has released a plan for more than 40 space launches for 2021, a new high following the already busy and fruitful 2020.

The construction of China’s space station, the key space mission in the year, will enter a crucial stage, according to the CASC.

ARJ21 JETLINER

China’s ARJ21 regional jetliner hit a record high annual delivery of 24 aircraft in 2020, according to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

As of the end of 2020, COMAC had delivered a total of 46 ARJ21 aircraft, said the Chinese commercial plane maker, also the developer of C919 single-aisle passenger aircraft.

SPECTACULAR METEOR SHOWERS

Stargazers will be left dazzled by more than 30 meteor showers set to light up the sky this year, said the Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Apart from the Quadrantid, the first meteor shower of 2021 that reached its peak on Sunday, the observatory recommended watching another four major meteor showers, including the Perseids anticipated to peak on Aug. 11 and 12 and Geminids on Dec. 13 and 14. The latter will produce about 150 meteors per hour at its peak.

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