22 June 2018
On the occasion of the UNISPACE+50 conference, currently taking place at the UNO City in Vienna, the GoTaikonauts! team issued a special edition of its newsletter. UNISPACE+50 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. UNISPACE II and UNISPACE III have taken place in 1982 and 1999 respectively. After 19 years, the global space community came together again to discuss the "Space2030" agenda, aiming at the sustainable preservation of outer space for future generations and cooperation across all stakeholder groups of the society.
To join the debate, GoTaikonauts! published the special edition newsletter, featuring an interview with H.E. Shi Zhongjun, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations in Vienna, explaining the importance China attaches to its engagement within UNOOSA and its invitation to all UN Member States for the utilisation of the CSS. Furthermore, UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo gives an comprehensive overview on the work of UNOOSA and the motivation of including the capabilities of the CSS in the UN programmes.
A report by Marco Aliberti and Leyton Wells of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) on the ESPI-CNSA event "China Engages: Opportunities and Prospects for the International Space Community" gives a broader summary on the current status of cooperation between China and the major space faring nations Russia, U.S. and Europe.
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20 June 2018
Shi Zhongjun, China's ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, called for strengthening of outer space governance and cooperation in the international community's joint effort to build a shared future in space exploration. He made the remarks at the UNISPACE+50 gathering, held to mark the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
The Chinese envoy called for efforts to foster a sense of shared future to promote the sustainable development of outer space. A shared vision for the future in space exploration and use is not only consistent with the objectives and purposes established in the Outer Space Treaty but also in line with current needs to protect the outer space environment and promote sustainability both for outer space activities and socioeconomic development, Shi said.
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20 June 2018
Cooperation between China and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is going from strength to strength, the Head of the office Simonetta Di Pippo said on 19 June in Vienna. Di Pippo said China has not only made great achievements in outer space exploration and its related activities but also demonstrated its commitment to international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. China plans to open up the China Space Station (CSS) to all the Member States of the United Nations with opportunities for flying their space experiments on board the Station. This is, she said, a groundbreaking project and one that will bring concrete benefits to countries for advancing their space science and technology development. Through an agreement between UNOOSA and the China National Space Administration (CNSA), China provides satellite imagery to countries in need of support in their preparedness, mitigation and early warning actions where the methods and techniques applied can benefit from Earth observation data.
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19 June 2018
The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology is known as a prestigious developer of carrier rockets, but in the near future, it may acquire a new tag: China's first space tourism provider. Engineers at the academy in Beijing's southern outskirts are designing a new spacecraft to send anyone willing to pay US$200,000 to US$250,000 on a suborbital journey to get a magnificent view of the stars and experience weightlessness, according to the academy, part of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp and the country's largest rocket maker.
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18 June 2018
After Chang'e-3 accomplished its mission, China's space sector debated Chang'e 4's destination. Some were in favor of landing on the near side of the Moon again, because it's safer. "I disagreed with that. Why should Chang'e 4 repeat what Chang'e 3 had done? We should not be afraid of failure in scientific exploration. We need innovation," Ye Peijian, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one of China's leading space experts said.
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19 June 2018
Scientists at the Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have completed the world's first ceramic manufacturing experiment under microgravity, using digital light processing technology aboard a European parabolic flight aircraft in Switzerland.
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14 June 2018
China and Saudi Arabia on 14 June jointly unveiled three lunar images acquired through cooperation on the relay satellite mission for Chang'e 4 lunar probe.
This is an important cooperation achievement between China and Saudi Arabia in the relay satellite mission, the China National Space Administration said in a statement. An optical camera, developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology of Saudi Arabia, was installed on a micro satellite, named Longjiang 2, which was launched together with Queqiao. The micro satellite is orbiting around the Moon. The camera, which began to work on 28 May, has conducted observations of the Moon and acquired a series of clear lunar images and data. According to a memorandum of understanding signed between China and Saudi Arabia on 16 March 2017, the two countries will share the scientific data in this cooperation.
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