23 December 2014
Chinese high-tech company Kuang-Chi Science unveiled its massive scientific base, located in Longgang District of Shenzhen, which sheds light on the company's work in near-space exploration. Kuang-Chi Science is working on a spacecraft dubbed Travel, which will eventually become a shuttle bus for near-space travel. The unmanned maiden flight of Travel is slated for the first half of 2015.
18 December 2014
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. - CASC, the major contractor for China's space programme, invited 1,300 private enterprises to an international forum on advanced aerospace materials and commercialisation in the eastern city of Ningbo. The initiative aims on fostering the development in the Chinese manufacturing sector. The CASC has offered 30 areas to the private sector for developmental partnership, including high-performance metal, organic polymer and electronic information. In the future, it will also promote the commercialization of satellite application, clean energy, energy conservation and high-end equipment technologies.
16 December 2014
Wang Zhaoyao, Director of the China Manned Space Agency, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director of European Space Agency signed an agreement concerning cooperation on human spaceflight activities on 11 December in Beijing. Under this Agreement, three potential cooperation areas are identified:
(a) implementation of joint scientific experiments and studies in different fields by utilising in-orbit infrastructures (such as the ISS and CSS - Chinese Space Station) and ground facilities, including space life and physical sciences, microgravity research, space biology and medicine, and technology research;
(b) astronaut selection, training, medical operations and astronaut flights;
(c) space infrastructure cooperation in human exploration of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and beyond.
15 December 2014
Gen. John Hyten, Head of US Air Force Space Command, told an audience at an Air Force Association event that Chinese officials, for the first time, have asked that the US share space situational awareness information directly through a military-to-military connection.