China’s Y-20 military transport aircraft highlights the improvement of the strategic force projection capability of the Air Force with its outstanding performance at the ongoing 2022 Changchun Airshow in northeast China’s Jilin Province on Saturday.
The swift changes of state at low altitudes always put high requirements on large-sized aircraft in terms of air frame structures, controllability and maneuverability.
The Y-20 aircraft’s water droplet mobility and steep turns made at a speed of 310 kilometers per hour at a height of 150 meters, exhibits its good controllability.
With outstanding performances in cruise range, carrying capacity and speed, the Y-20 is an important tool for long-range strategic delivery and the strategic transformation of the Chinese Air Force with both offensive and defensive capabilities.
Y-20 aircraft is mainly used in strategic and tactical military transportation, airborne operations, equipment and materials airdropping and non-war military operations.
“It usually takes longer time for a common transport aircraft to make the movement. Although the Y-20 is large in size, it is more flexible in making the movement with less time. For instance, a Y-20 aircraft can make a steeper turn than other transport aircraft, which can shorten the time needed,” said Jiao Xuehao, pilot of the Y-20 aircraft.
The Y-20 aircraft has participated in both the parade celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the National Day parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, as well as taking part in joint exercises and military drills abroad.
On February 13, 2020, the Y-20 aircraft flew to central China’s city of Wuhan for emergency airlift in the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak, which was the first time the Y-20 participated in non-war military operations, as well as the first time for Chinese Air Force to dispatch large and medium-sized transport aircraft for large scale emergency air delivery missions.
“As one of the equipment of vital importance to China, Y-20 aircraft also reflects the significant improvement of Chinese Air Force’s combat capacity. In recent years, we’ve undertaken various missions, to the plateaus, far seas, and other countries, getting integrated into the training system. Y-20 aircraft have not only completed various training tasks assigned by our superiors, but also successfully completed non-war military operations like emergency air delivery, medical care, rescue, and material supplies to Wuhan and Shanghai,” said Jiao.
The airshow is held from August 26 to 30 to showcase the achievements of PLA Air Force over the past 10 years.
German tech fair focuses on sustainability in consumer electronics
BERLIN, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) — As one of the world’s leading trade fairs for consumer electronics, the five-day IFA 2023 opened here on Friday with over 2,000 exhibitors from 48 countries and regions, a much greater scale than last year.
“In addition to all the historic brands you know and love at IFA, 30 percent of exhibitors are new this year,” Oliver Merlin, managing director of IFA Management, said in a statement issued on Friday.
According to the organizer, sustainability is a major priority of the trade fair. Ahead of IFA’s 100th birthday next year, the 2023 event for the first time dedicated an exhibit area to highlighting sustainability. Besides, it will have multiple forums to discuss how consumer electronic enterprises could develop in a more sustainable approach.
According to IFA official website, nearly 1,300 Chinese exhibitors have registered in this year’s event. Chinese companies such as Hisense, TCL and Haier have occupied some of the largest exhibit areas with various products.
While delivering a keynote speech on Friday, Hisense Group’s President Yu Zhitao said the company looks forward to expanding its overseas market share.
“In order to be more and more user-centric, we are upgrading and optimizing our products and services to meet consumer needs,” he said.
International Congress of Basic Science kicks off in Beijing
The inaugural International Congress of Basic Science (ICBS) took place in Beijing on Sunday with a theme of “Advanced Science for Humanity.”
The conference lasts two weeks, with over 800 top-notch scientists and scholars gathering to discuss frontier research in the fields of mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer and information science.
Shing-Tung Yau, president of the International Congress of Basic Science and a Fields Medal winner, said in the opening speech that he is expecting the academic exchanges at the conference to contribute to the development of the world’s basic science knowledge. “I hope the renowned international scholars learn more about China and the young scholars learn from the best and set their goals.”
The scientists attending the conference include eight Fields Medal winners, four Turing Award winners, one Nobel Prize laureate and more than 50 academicians from different countries.
The conference is hosted by the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, China Association for Science and Technology, and the International Consortium of Chinese Mathematicians.
European Space Agency launches Jupiter moons explorer
PARIS, April 14 (Xinhua) — The European Space Agency (ESA) launched on Friday an Ariane 5 rocket carrying its Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
According to the ESA, the successful launch marks the beginning of an ambitious voyage to uncover the secrets of the ocean worlds on Jupiter’s three largest moons: Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, which hold quantities of water under their surfaces in volumes far greater than in Earth’s oceans.
“These planet-sized moons offer us tantalizing hints that conditions for life could exist other than here on our ‘pale blue dot’,” the ESA said in its press release.
Over the next two-and-half weeks, Juice will deploy its various antennas and instrument booms, including a 16-meter-long radar antenna, a 10.6-meter-long magnetometer boom, and various other instruments that will study the environment of Jupiter and the subsurface of the icy moons, the agency said.
Juice will also monitor Jupiter’s complex magnetic, radiation, and plasma environment in depth and its interplay with the moons, thus studying the Jupiter system as an archetype for gas giant systems across the Universe.
Juice has been designed for an eight-year cruise with flybys of Earth and Venus to slingshot it to Jupiter. It will make 35 flybys of the three large moons while orbiting Jupiter, before changing orbits to Ganymede, said the agency.
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