19 October 2015
The latest issue of the GoTaikonauts! newsletter - issue no 17 - was just published. The ipad app version is online and the pdf is available by e-mail request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This issue is focusing on the aspect of European cooperation with China. The cover story is on a comparative study in space physiology by Belgian Prof. André Aubert. Prof. Aubert found some interesting differences between European and Chinese astronauts. Kris Liebaut is another Belgian who worked for six years as Foreign Expert in China. Both shared their insights and observations with us.
Apart from the Quarterly Report on Chinese space activities in the third quarter of 2015 you will also find a report on the 10th UK-China Workshop on Space Science Technology. The report is accompanied by an interview with Prof. Richard Holdaway, the driving force of this bilateral collaboration.
In our section “Book Review”, we are giving an overview on the recent European Space Policy Institute ESPI publication “When China goes to the Moon…” by Marco Aliberti. Additionally, the author gave us in an interview interesting background information on his work for the book, while the Director of ESPI, Peter Hulsroj, explains the Institute’s mission.
A photo gallery of China's CZ-6 first launch is completing the latest issue of our newsletter.
The GoTaikonauts! team wishes to thank all persons who were willing to grant us an interview or contributed in any form to the content of this issue.
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01 September 2015
On 01 September 2015, issue no 16 of the Go Taikonauts! newsletter was published.
The cover story is a re-published paper by Qiu Huayon, Liu Zhi, Shi Junwei, and Zheng Yunqing presented at the IAC 2013 in Beijing, on China’s manned rendezvous and docking system.
Apart from the Quarterly Report on Chinese space activities in the second quarter of 2015 you will also find a summary of Wang Yaping's article "Sowing a New Dream" originally written for "ROOM - The Space Journal".
In our section “On the Spot”, we are reporting on the British Interplanetary Society's Chinese/Soviet Technical Forum. During the event in London in June this year, we were able to interview Soviet cosmonaut Anatoly Pavlovitch Artsebarsky, who shared with us his impressions of the Chinese space programme and his view on the international exploration efforts in general. A photo gallery of China's deep-space tracking network is completing the latest issue of our newsletter.
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12 May 2015
The latest issue of the GoTaikonauts! newsletter was just published. The ipad app version is online, the pdf is available upon e-mail request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The cover story of issue no. 15 is on China’s small satellites. GoTaikonauts! re-published a paper by Dr. Wu Shufan and Chen Hongyu presented at the IAC 2013 in Beijing.
Apart from the Quarterly Reports on Chinese space activities in the last quarter of 2014 and the first quarter 2015 you will also find a short article on the "Joint Call for a Mission from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA)".
In our new section "Sideline", we are reflecting on an interesting comment by Alexey Leonov, the first ever space walker, on the Chinese space programme.

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09 September 2014
Dear readers of the Go Taikonauts! newsletter on the Chinese space programme, after a longer than expected summer break, the latest issue of GoTaikonauts! has been published. The newsletter features a report from the 35th Chinese/Soviet Technical Forum at the British Interplanetary Society, gives some reflection on the ILA Berlin Airshow and contains a detailed article on the 57th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - COPUOS. The issue is completed with an interview with Antwerp Space N.V. and a review of the book "The Thread of the Silkworm". The cover story - we think - is a little sensation. Because the GoTaikonauts! was able to trace the location from where the first Chinese sounding rocket, the T-7M, took-off. The site marks in a certain way the place of the origin of the Chinese space programme. Enjoy reading!
The GoTaikonauts! team

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"Have passion in your hearts, but take your time." - Xi Jinping

After a long New Year’s break and with some delay, the latest issue of GoTaikonauts! is now published.

The cover story is on the Chang’e 5-T1 mission and its surprise piggy-back payload 4M. Two interviews with the leading managers of 4M, Dr. Fritz Merkle and Jochen Harms, are completing the cover article.

Also, the document features a lengthy report about the IAC2014 in Toronto in Canada and comprises two interviews with important actors within China’s efforts for international cooperation: Prof. Weng Jingnong and Chris Bee.

A report on ASE’s 27th Planetary Congress in Beijing including an interview with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and two very nice travel reports in the search for space in China are completing this issue.

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02 June 2014
The revised version of the latest issue of Go Taikonauts! was published. The newsletter no 12 is addressing in its cover story the history of China's studies for manned lunar missions. Another focus is on different aspects of potential U.S.-China space cooperation. Also, an analysis of the “Space Science & Technology in China: A Roadmap to 2050” is included along with an interesting interview with Lodewijk van den Berg - the first Dutch-born astronaut who joined the first-Chinese-born astronaut on a space mission. A movie review, the usual quarterly report and picture gallery are completing this issue.
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