16 June 2015
Moscow-based spacecraft and space station component manufacturer SP Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) intend to sell a mobile maritime launch platform intended for equatorial launches. A Russian analyst said China is interested in buying the platform as it has a port in the South China Sea near the equator - a presumed reference to the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center under construction on the southern island province of Hainan.
16 June 2015
In an article on his space.com web page, Leonard David is looking into the prospective of a possible future space cooperation between China and the U.S.
He asked John Logsdon, professor emeritus of political science and international affairs at The George Washington University's Space Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., Marcia Smith, U.S. space policy analyst and editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com, and Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island abouth their views on that question.
Incoming ESA Director General calls for stronger international cooperation: including China - also on the ISS
14 June 2015
In an interview with German weekly magazine "Der Spiegel" Johann-Dietrich Wörner, currently Head of German AeroSpace Centre DLR and as of 1 July ESA’s new Director General, outlines ideas for his future guidance of ESA. The talk is about the utilisation of the ISS, a possible human-rated Ariane rocket, and his favourite topic - an international Moon base.
With respect to the ISS, he said that Europe should commit to use the ISS until 2024: "Apart from that we should think about lifting the access limitations. Currently, the ISS is not open for all who would like to conduct experiments there. Chinese and Indians for example, are not allowed on board because they have not participated in the Station's assembly. Anyway, we should get away from the principle of a closed society. Therefore, I have suggested the set-up of a Moon village which should be open to all nations."
also compare "GoTaikonauts!" issue no 11 pages 37 - 40 ("ESA's space cooperation relationship with China gains momentum")
15 June 2015
During a press conference held today at the Paris Air Show, outgoing ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain spoke about the several talks he had during the day with representatives of the space agencies of China, Russia and NASA. He said that ESA has a lot of plans with China, Russia and NASA. Then he stressed the close ties with China, mentioning the joint ESA-CNSA space science mission which is now jointly studied after a joint selection process. Dordain is glad about the fantastic name chosen for this mission: SMILE. Dordain elaborated on ESA's cooperation with China in the area of exploration, saying that ESA is supporting China's mission to Moon and Mars. Furthermore, ESA also has cooperation with China in the area of human space flight in the utilisation of their respective orbital facilities. "We have also the plan to fly astronauts on board of the Chinese Space Station when it is there.", Dordain said.