Opportunities in China’s Space Program

Opportunities in China’s Space Program

Scientific publications and patents reveal China still lacks knowledge in the area of interplanetary flight, and in tracking and telemetry (TT&C) of spaceflight. In a lesser extent it also lacks expertise in hazard monitoring and power generation in space. It needs this knowledge to reach the ambitious goals set in the five years plan of its space agency CNSA. In that plan there is already call for international collaboration on TT&C and monitoring of space debris, offering the clearest opportunities for Dutch companies and research institutes. There are also promises of sharing more launch sites. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) and its many subsidiaries, among which the biggest the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST), are the central actors in this plan. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and various universities are also expected to contribute in some areas. Space applications are not a focus area of CNSA for international collaboration, but there could be other institutes in China interested in collaboration

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