17 April 2014
A leading space research group in China released the country's first assessment of the current situation and future trends of international space activities on Thursday. The report, compiled by Qian Xuesen Laboratory of Launch Vehicle Technology, provided facts and figures about exploration in outer space. Modern facilities and equipment used in space activities are mostly owned by leading space powers. Li Hongbo, a member of the research group and an expert with the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), warned of a trend toward using space for military purposes that has emerged in recent years. "Current international laws and regulations have been ineffective to contain it," said Li.
10 April 2014
On 9 April a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee for Commerce science and space took place. Under the topic “The Road to Mars.” several space experts spoke about the need for international cooperation, in particular with Russia and China. Former space shuttle astronaut and ISS commander Leroy Chiao and Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower had some good arguments for cooperation with China. SpaceNews was reporting on this hearing.
15 April 2014
President Xi Jinping is asking the air force to speed up its transformation into a strong power with an integrated air and space capability. He called on military leaders to run the military in accordance with the law and enforce strict discipline to improve scientific management of troops. The Party's absolute leadership over troops should be unswervingly stuck to, Xi said. He also urged further implementation of the "mass line" campaign in the army, which is targeted at cleaning up undesirable work styles - formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.
Dong Wenxian, a retired researcher with the PLA air force headquarters, was quoted by PLA Daily as saying that NATO countries had actively adopted various space platforms to support reconnaissance, early warning, communication and positioning in every conflict since the first Gulf War, which indicates such platforms play a vital role in modern warfare. He said China began to realize the significance of integrated air and space capability in the early 1990s and has begun offering courses on this issue in air force academies.
Modest, unsophisticated four-wheeled model of a new Chinese moon vehicle on exhibit at Chongqing tech fair
14 April 2014
China's space exploration agency unveiled a four-wheeled lunar rover on Thursday, sparking speculation about sending Chinese astronauts to the moon. The vehicle was displayed at the 11th China Chongqing High-tech Fair that opened in the southwestern metropolis, and instantly attracted a frenzy of attention.