A meeting of the Russia-China space working group

11.07.2018

A regular meeting of the Russia-China Space Working Group composed of the representatives of Roscosmos and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) took place in Moscow.

At the session, the Russian and Chinese parties discussed the implementation of the Program of Russian-Chinese Cooperation in Outer Space for 2018-2022. As the outcome of that, a joint decision was made to supplement this Cooperation Program with lunar research and exploration initiatives. The partners also reviewed the work results of the subgroups on the Earth observation, space debris, and the space-related electronic components base, the sessions of which had been held in Moscow earlier. The subgroups were set up to develop cooperation under the Program.

Also, on the sidelines of the Working Group meeting, talks were held between Glavkosmos (acts as a coordinator of the Russian-Chinese Cooperation Program) and CNSA representatives to discuss the progress of the current commercial contracts being fulfilled in the framework of the Cooperation Program.

Interesting facts 1/3
On July 15, 1975 Soyuz-19 spaceship was lifted aboard Soyuz-U launch vehicle. It was the first international space flight with the docking of Apollo, a US spaceship. The famous Soyuz-Apollo docking was a historical event and a symbol of rapprochement between the two superpowers in the period of d├ętente during the long-lasting Cold War.
Interesting facts 2/3
Soyuz spaceship was used for the first commercial space flight coordinated by Glavkosmos. In December 1990, a Japanese journalist Toyohiro Akiyama became a member of the crew delivered to MIR space station.
Interesting facts 3/3
Soyuz-2.1a became the first rocket launched from the new Russian space center Vostochny. The historical launch was conducted on April 28, 2016.