09 June 2017
Global leaders in space exploration discussed during the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) their ideas on deep-space exploration. According to Wu Yansheng, general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China is working on an idea for manned lunar landing. The mission will consist of a manned spaceship, a propulsion vehicle and a lunar lander. The manned spaceship and the lunar lander will be sent into circumlunar orbit separately. Yang Liwei, deputy director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office, said that China is in the preliminary stage of its manned lunar program and estimated that Chinese astronauts will be able to walk on the moon around 2030.
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09 June 2017
State-owned high-technology company China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC) is pinning its hopes on private entrepreneurship and innovation to speed up the commercialisation of the country's space technologies. The company supports more than 6,000 private innovative, entrepreneurial programs that have attracted more than 1.7 billion yuan ($ 250 million) in total funds. It has also set up eight innovation incubators across the country, covering a total of 483,000 square meters. Last year, the output of businesses in those incubators surpassed 40 billion yuan.
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08 June 2017
China is working on reusable launch vehicles and has achieved progress in some key areas, a carrier rocket official on 8 June. The processes under development include parachute-landing and propulsion-landing, said Lu Yu, Director of Science and Technology Committee of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) at the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017). Reusable lift-body launchers will be developed in three stages - rocket-engine partial reusable vehicle, rocket-engine full reusable vehicle and combined cycle-engine reusable vehicle, said Lu.
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08 June 2017
Tian Yulong, Secretary General of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), said at the Global Space Exploration Conference GLEX that commercial aerospace programs had been carried out in low Earth orbit (LEO), but those in deep space exploration would be a challenge. "In deep space exploration, we need to provide a favorable environment for middle and small-sized enterprises," he said. "The CNSA is working on enabling enterprises to become the main force of technical innovation by creating favorable laws and policies," Tian added.
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08 June 2017
China is willing to cooperate with India in space programmes but this depends on the governments deciding the extent of collaboration, a top Chinese aerospace scientist has said, playing down the so-called “space race” between the two countries. “We are very willing to cooperate with India in the field of aerospace,” said Sun Weigang, Chief Engineer of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
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07 June 2017
During the Global Space Exploration Conference GLEX, Xu Yansong, the Head of the Department for International Cooperation of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that China and Russia are discussing options for cooperation in projects for the exploration of the Moon: "We are trying to cooperate on the lunar programme, because China has its missions Chang'e-4, Chang'e-5, Chang'e-6, Russia has Luna-26, Luna-27, Luna-28. These are very similar missions, and we are discussing with Russia possible cooperation within these projects at the system level or the overall stage."
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