16 July 2014
Morris Jones, Australia's leading space analyst for the Chinese space programme explains that China might be on the "fast track to a circumlunar mission" by the mid-2020. He points out that it would not require the development of major new technology rather the modification of existing space craft and not even an new launcher. Jones has some good arguments on his side to consider his proposed scenario feasible.
What worked with the Soviet Union could work with China - Edwin Aldrin calls for U.S.-China space cooperation
13 July 2014
On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing, second human on the Moon, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin is calling for international efforts to return to the Moon and go on to Mars. During an interview with "The Washington Times", Aldrin called for a comprehensive international effort for space exploration including China regardless of political differences the U.S. and China have. He pointed to the year 2020, the 45th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz mission. ASTP was the moment when the U.S. and the Soviet Union went to space, docked their space crafts and overcame political hurdles in a very pragmatic way. Aldrin said that 2020 could be a symbolic time for the U.S. and China to perform a similar feat.
11 July 2014
Lei Fanpei, president of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) met with the visiting Airbus Group CEO Thomas Enders on Wednesday. During the meeting, Mr. Lei briefed the guests on the achievements CASC made in recent years in the aerospace field and future development plans. He also reviewed the history of cooperation between the two parties in many fields, hoping to further its cooperation with Airbus in more areas.
09 July 2014
A new Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) set a new record for the country's remote sensing drones by flying for more than 30 hours consecutively, the UAV's developer, the Chinese Academy of Surveying & Mapping (CASM), announced on Wednesday. The previous record time was 16 hours. Coupled with China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System, the UAV system can carry out rapid mapping without ground control points.