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There are a couple of new launch vehicles from a new-ish Chinese "commercial" company, apparently more of the NewSpace persuasion than the traditional national space program persuasion. The company article (LandSpace) mentions the launchers, but the launchers, engines, etc. don't all have articles. Is anyone interested in getting the Chinese space efforts, private and government, covered better in Wikipedia? Here's your chance.
This has been a long term need, something we've been talking about on this Talk page since 2011], at least. Cheers. N2e (talk) 18:13, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
- @Galactic Penguin SST: (based on previous Talk page discussions a year or more back) and @Jaccoob23: (recently joined the wikiproject Talk page): both of you have previously indicated interest in articles on space in China, and by Chinese entities. Might you have any interest in the improvement initiative on some of the evolving Chinese stuff, so that it might become better covered in the English Wikipedia? Cheers. N2e (talk) 19:22, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
- This is probably a bit difficult I'm afraid because info on them are very sparse - even by "new smallsat launcher start-up" standards. Most of the info are also in Chinese and buried in many different places.
- The start-ups that I think might be able to be talked about here without being stub articles would be OneSpace and LandSpace, maybe also LinkSpace too. Info on the others are too sparse for Wikipedia standards - heck even the detailed parameters for the CZ-11 and KZ series, rockets that already flew to orbit multiple times, are still on the large!
- I'm not sure I have time to write in the near term, but I have been attempting to summarize their developments in a forum post so maybe I'll have something to show up later. Galactic Penguin SST (talk) 17:37, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
- Since the information is so sparse, perhaps it would be better to have one article describing these companies as a group, rather than one each. That's more or less what the NewSpace article does for US and European companies. Or perhaps just add a section to the NewSpace article. Then add articles on individual companies as information becomes available. Fcrary (talk) 19:21, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
- Well, not that sparse Galactic Penguin SST. Fcrary, i-Space is pretty newly created, and seems to have a number of acceptable sources (I can't read the Chinese ones) but several are in English. Someone has AfD'd it, but Rowan Forest has already helped improve it and leave a view on the AfD. I'll do the same soon. N2e (talk) 13:16, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
The article on i-Space (Chinese company) survived it's AfD.
Still, a lot of work is needed on the Chinese space scene, and especially its seemingly growing private business presence in the industry. Cheers. N2e (talk) 23:01, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
- Things are improving. I have documented all non-vaporware Chinese rockets at Comparison of orbital launch systems. By the way, that article is currently a featured list candidate, and I would welcome some help from fellow editors to get it up to the necessary standards. See Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Comparison of orbital launch systems/archive1. — JFG talk 14:28, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
The Planetary Society's Planetary Report is now an open access journal
This is great news for Wikipedia editors who want better sources to improve articles on Wikipedia!
The Planetary Society has just made all 38 years of their The Planetary Report open access. No more paywall in place to block access to the older historical issues. I'm a member, but always give away, or eventually throw away, the old issues.
The Planetary Society is making our magazine open-access
With the publication of the September equinox issue of The Planetary Report, The Planetary Society is making our magazine open-access. This issue and all 211 back issues are available for download! Happy reading!
—— blog description of the new policy, Emily Lakdawalla, 18 September 2018.
Welcome Planetary Society to the 21st century: open access, creative commons, share our writing with the world! Cheers. N2e (talk) 23:01, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
Proposed banner for Wikiproject Spaceflight
I made a new banner for the top of WP Spaceflight pages here.
The new banner uses a blurred version of a panoramic shot by Kevin Gill as the background. The image has been featured on the SWRI Juno Mission webpage. The text is set in Futura, which is also used on the Apollo lunar plaques.
Switching to the new banner can be done by swapping the wikitext at Wikipedia:WikiProject Spaceflight/Tab header for the one here. Go/no go?
Posted by XYZt (talk | contribs) on 04:44, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
- Can you try brightening the text up? Kees08 (Talk) 14:45, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
- @Kees08: Done! – XYZt (talk | contribs) – 03:16, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
- Looks good to me. I'll miss Hubble, though. Care to add it in the top left corner? or the ISS? That would be a nice symbol of worldwide collaboration for space endeavours. — JFG talk 14:25, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
- Good idea. I think I'll add some silhouettes of famous spacecrafts. – XYZt (talk | contribs) – 06:11, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
I have Apollo 11 up for review at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Assessment/Apollo 11. If you have the time, please drop by and provide comments. I am hoping that this article can be taken to FAC in time for it to appear on the front page for the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in 2019. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:51, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
I'm all for having Apollo 11 a featured article on the anniversary of the landing. But why are you putting it up for review on the Military History project? It was a mission by a civilian agency and one of the three astronauts (the mission commander) was a civilian (former Navy, but fully retired in 1960.) Fcrary (talk) 16:55, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
- I'm putting it up for review there because it cannot be put up for review here; this project has no A-class review process. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 20:10, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
Notice: discussion about Electron's country of origin
Editors may be interested to participate in the ongoing discussion at Talk:2018 in spaceflight#Electron country of origin. — JFG talk 14:20, 20 October 2018 (UTC)