13 July 2015
New ESA-Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner advocates in an interview with the BBC a Moon village to be built in a concerted international activity.
“We should have international cooperation, without any limitations, with any countries of the world,” says Wörner. “We have enough Earthly problems between different nations – space can bridge these Earthly problems and the Moon seems to be to be a good proposal. Isolating a country is not the right way, a much better solution is to find ways to cooperate in space to strengthen ties between humans on Earth,” he adds, in what could be taken as a veiled criticism of America’s refusal to engage with the Chinese space programme.
11 July 2015
Three one-meter resolution optical Earth observation satellites were successfully launched on 11 July, according to operator Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Company Ltd. (21AT). The satellites, which will form the DMC3/TripleSat Constellation, were launched from a site in India and were part of a Sino-UK cooperation project.
The satellites were developed by UK-headquartered Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), which is the world's leading small satellite company and part of the Airbus Group.
07 July 2015
On July 6, Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, said in Irkutsk that China could buy Russian-made rocket engines for its space programme. "We intend to advance the process of finalising the most complicated intergovernmental agreements, which would regulate the issue of Russia’s intellectual property when it comes to the most hi-tech products to be sold in China. These above all include rocket engines. China is especially interested in it," Rogozin noted.
China enhances strategic cooperation on space and technology with Russia
07 July 2015
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on 7 July that the two countries plan to advance cooperation in fields such as space and technology.
06 July 2015
China is this year's partner country for Russia's main industrial trade fair INNOPROM - International Exhibition and Forum of Industry and Innovation. The fair will open on 8 July and representatives from some 70 countries are expected to attend. There is a massive Chinese national exhibition planned representing 123 of China's leading industrial corporations, with key sectors including heavy industry, space exploration, vehicle manufacturing, shipbuilding, aviation, energy industry, high-speed rail and telecommunications.