29 May 2015
On 27 May 2015, Yu Tongjie, new Director General of CMSA met with Jean-Jacques Dordain, outgoing Director General of ESA in Beijing, China. The two heads agreed to further promote CMSA-ESA strategic cooperation in the manned space programme. They confirmed cooperation in line with the 'Long-term Objectives and Implementation Plan' and identified the responsibilities of three working groups. To facilitate the resulting work, Yu Tongjie proposed to establish a Joint Committee headed by the two sides' directors to coordinate, monitor and make decisions on the related cooperation work.
04 June 2015
European and Chinese scientists have recommended the Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer - SMILE as their candidate for a collaborative science mission for launch in 2021. ‘SMILE’ will investigate the interaction between Earth’s magnetosphere and the supersonic solar wind. The mission is expected to make an important contribution to our understanding of space weather and, in particular, the physical processes taking place during the continuous interaction between the solar wind and the magnetosphere.
The concept was introduced during the 2nd Workshop on planning for a joint scientific space mission - An initiative of the European Space Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences last September in Copenhagen under the title: 'AXIOM-Jian: Science and Modelling Advanced X-ray Imaging of the Magnetosphere/Cusp'. SMILE also contains core elements of the former Kuafu space mission.
also, compare article "Europe and China Join Space Science Expertise" in GoTaikonauts! issue 15
30 May 2015
In a concerted initiative by CNN, a documentation on the Astronaut Centre of China - ACC was premiered last night. On the CNN website, a series of articles on the Chinese space programme, including many attractive interactive graphics can be found.
A special treasure is the account by former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, recalling his visit to the ACC and intensive and honest talks with Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong in September 2006. A must read!!!
29 May 2015
Under the title "The Silly Reason the Chinese Aren’t Allowed on the Space Station" Time editor Jeffrey Kluger is giving a well thought-through and educated comment on the currently existing situation that China is banned from the International Space Station. He is open and constructive in his critic and this makes the article a really worth read.