Latest issue of GoTaikonauts! newsletter issued

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.

Enjoy reading!

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GoTaikonauts! issue no 14 is released

"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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GoTaikonauts! no 13 - now issued

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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PUBLISHED: Go Taikonauts! newsletter no 11

24 February 2014
The latest issue of the Go Taikonauts! iPad App newsletter is online. The pdf version will follow until 27 February.
The cover story of this issue of Go Taikonauts! is about the historic Chang’e 3 lunar mission and gives details on Chang’e 3’s development history, the spacecraft design and payloads, as well as mission activities in the first month. The gallery has some stunning images taken by the Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu on the Moon.
The 9 and 10 January saw probably the biggest ever get-together of leaders of national and international space agencies. GoTaikonauts! tries to give the highlights of the Heads of Agencies Summit in Washington, as well as the International Space Exploration Forum and Conference. We believe what happened in Washington may decide the future of the US-China relationship in space, and therefore we also provide an analysis on U.S.-China space cooperation.
This issue also includes the second part of our reports from the IAC 2013 and the UN-China workshop one week before: Two articles, one with an interview of Leon Chiang, the Vice President of HEAD Aerospace, a Chinese space trading company, and another article with the impressions of a European, Jack van Loon, and an African participant, Proven Emmanuel Adzri, of the UN-China workshop.
Another interesting piece is the extract from the annual press briefing by Thomas Reiter, ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations. He brought the latest news on the efforts between ESA and China in the consolidation of space cooperation. Reiter’s explanations are completed by an interview with Frank De Winne, Head of ESA’s Astronaut Centre Department, on the current status of the work in the European Astronaut Centre and particularly with respect to cooperation with China.

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PUBLISHED: Go Taikonauts! newsletter no 12

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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PUBLISHED: Go Taikonauts! newsletter no 10

23 December 2013
This issue no. 10 of Go Taikonauts! is a special newsletter dedicated to the IAC 2013 with reports, interviews and images brought from Beijing. The enormous amount of material the Go Taikonauts! team could collect in Beijing made it hard for us to keep up with the usual quarterly rhythm for publishing. However, the volume of articles we can provide now will make up for the long waiting time.
Please, read our cover story which summarises all the key information, so as to give our readers a clear picture of the future Chinese space programme. Congress participants and astronauts were so kind to give us their very special impressions from the event in China's capital.
Also, Go Taikonauts! interviewed officials from APSCO (Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation), China Great Wall Industries Corporation, and Head Aerospace Ltd, as well as people from other countries. You can read the interviews with APSCO and CGWIC in this issue. And we will publish more in the next issue.
Before IAC 2013, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and China jointly hosted the Workshop on Human Space Technology in Beijing. The Director Human Spaceflight for the IAA explained to GoTaikonauts! the objectives and outcomes of the workshop.
Another interesting article reflects on the history of the UK-China space cooperation which is more extensive as one would think. Have a good read!

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