Russia-China Space Cooperation: progress and prospects


The 20th meeting of the Space Cooperation Subcommittee of the Russian-Chinese Committee for Preparing Regular Meetings between Heads of Government took place in the office of Glavkosmos (part of State Space Corporation “Roscosmos”) on July 18, 2019. On the eve, the preparatory meetings of the bilateral working group and thematic subgroups were held at which the outcomes of the year’s work on the major areas of Russian-Chinese space cooperation – Moon and deep space exploration, space debris monitoring, collaboration in the electronic components, Earth observation, rocket engines and launch vehicles, low-orbit satellite communication systems – were discussed.

Glavkosmos took part in the detailed review of the progress of the Space Cooperation Development Program between Roscosmos and Chinese National Space Administration (CNCA) for 2018-2022.

The 20th meeting of the Subcommittee was held by the co-chairman of the Russian side, Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin and the co-chairman of the Subcommittee from China, CNCA Administrator Zhang Kejian.

At the Subcommittee’s meeting, reports were made on the prospects of space sector development in the two countries; new possible areas for Russian-Chinese space collaboration were presented.

At the end, the Protocol of the 20th meeting of the Space Cooperation Subcommittee was solemnly signed.

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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 détente during the long-lasting Cold War.
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On April 4, 2019, Glavkosmos JSC, under a contract with Arianespace, launched four communication satellites of O3b Networks, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based satellite communications operator SES. The name O3b stands for “Other 3 billions”, which refers to the world's population, where broadband Internet is not available right now. Thanks to the O3b satellites, the Internet will come to them.
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Soyuz-2.1a became the first rocket launched from the new Russian space center Vostochny. The historical launch was conducted on April 28, 2016.