The GoTaikonauts! team resumes the publishing of the GoTaikonauts! newsletter. The focus of reporting is on the quarterly news in China’s space programmes and selected background reports.

 

 

Issue no 22

• Quarterly Report October - December 2017

 

Hard Road to Commercial Space
The past of the Chinese commercial launch service
(including a detailed list of Chinese commercial launch efforts - also for download in the "downloads" section)

 

Commercial Space Takes off in China
The new player in the Chinese launcher and satellite business - Part 2

 

To Mons Rümker and back with Chang'e 5
Visit by taikonaut Chen Dong to the Neubrandenburg Space Day 2017

 

The Indian Space Programme
India's Incredible Journey From the Third World Towards the First -
A book review

 

 

Special Edition UNISPACE+50

• "China Engages: Opportunities and Prospects for the International Space Community"
Report on the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) and China National Space Administration (CNSA) Evening Event by Marco Aliberti and Leyton Wells of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)

• “We are actively planning manned deep-space exploration.”
Interview with the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations in Vienna, Shi Zhongjun

• “This is a ground-breaking initiative and highlights our commitment to bringing the benefi ts of space to all.”
Interview with the UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo

• Taikonaut Chen Dong at the 33rd Neubrandenburg Space Days

 

 

   
 

Issue no 21

• Quarterly Report July - September 2017


• Wuhan – China’s Centre of the Commercial Universe
Report from the 3rd China (International) Commercial Aerospace Forum CCAF 2017 - including interviews with Enrique Pacheco, Andrew Paliwoda, Philippe Cyr

It was the discovery of the year 2017: the 3rd China (International) Commercial Aerospace Forum (CCAF) which took place on 30 August 2017 in Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei Province. For the first time, the forum went international – and this – with unprecedented success. Around 400 government officials, company representatives and industry experts from more than 20 nations were present. Our latest newsletter has a comprehensive report on this event from last year. Three international space experts - Enrique Pacheco from Mexico, Andrew Paliwoda from the UK, and Philippe Cyr from Canada/China - explain their motivations for participation in the forum.


• Commercial Space Takes Off in China
The new players in the Chinese launcher and satellite business - Part 1

China surprised the global community of science and technology with its recent success in quantum telecommunication. The next surprise could become the wave of Chinese commercial space activities aiming not only on the national market but targeting international customers in the areas of launch services, remote sensing satellites, communication satellites, and satellite platforms. GoTaikonauts! has reviewed the historical beginnings and the development of China’s commercial space activities until today. This comprehensive report can be read in issue no 22 (for release next month) In the current issue, issue no 21, can be found the first part of an report on the status quo in the Chinese commercial space industry – giving an overview on launcher activities.


• My EPIC Experience Watching My First Ever Space Rocket Launch - the Long March 5 - at China’s Wenchang Space Satellite Launch Center!

 

Issue no 20
• Quarterly Report April - June 2017
China's 1st National Space Day 2016
On the occasion of China's 1st National Space Day in 2016, the Vice Minister of the Armed Forces Equipment Development Department and Deputy Commander of China's Manned Space Programme, Zhang Yulin spoke about the status of China's manned space programme and gave an outlook on the tasks for the near future.
GoTaikonauts! summarises the most important information, given by Xu Dazhe at the State Council Information Office press conference on 22 April 2016 regarding the introduction of China's National Space Day.
• China’s 2nd National Day of Space Flight 2017
On 24 April 2017, the GoTaikonauts! team visited two space institutions related to China's space programme: the Qian Xuesen Library and Museum Shanghai and the West Sheshan Mountain with its astronomical sites including the Tianma 65-m radio telescope in Shanghai- Sheshan. The articles “Tradition is not the worshipping of the ashes but to pass on the flame” and "Excursion to Tianma – the Pegasus of Shanghai" are reports about the excursions.
• GLEX2017-Global Space Exploration Conference Highlights
• Space Commemorative Banknote and Coin

 

Issue no 19
Issue no 19 features the quarterly report for January to March 2017, a summary of the White Papers on Space and on the Beidou Satellite Navigation System and a personal experience of a visit to China’s FAST Five-Hundred Metre Aperture Spherical Telescope in Guizhou (also see: https://www.donesladventure.com/china-blog-china-attractions-china-things-to-do-live-in-china/how-to-get-to-the-fast-telescope-in-pingtang-guizhou-china).

  The next issues – issues no 22, 23 and 24 - will be released in short frequency until July 2018.

 

 
 

Preview for Issue no 22

• Quarterly Report October - December 2017

History and Future of Chinese Commercial Space Activities
Historical Review of China’s Commercial Space Sector
• Commercial Space Takes Off in China - The new players in the Chinese launcher and satellite business - Part 2

• Neubrandenburg Space Days 2017 - Visit by a taikonaut

 

 

Preview for Issue no 23
• Quarterly Report January - March 2018

   

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15 February 2016
The issue no 18 of the GoTaikonauts! newsletter was published on 15 February 2016. Since this issue – issue no 18 – no ipad app version is any more supported. The PDF is available as download - see above. For buying the printed version of the newsletter (as of issue no 15), please, contact "Raumfahrt Concret" at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

19 October 2015
The latest issue of the GoTaikonauts! newsletter - issue no 17 - was just published. The ipad app version is online and the pdf is available by e-mail request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This issue is focusing on the aspect of European cooperation with China. The cover story is on a comparative study in space physiology by Belgian Prof. André Aubert. Prof. Aubert found some interesting differences between European and Chinese astronauts. Kris Liebaut is another Belgian who worked for six years as Foreign Expert in China. Both shared their insights and observations with us.
Apart from the Quarterly Report on Chinese space activities in the third quarter of 2015 you will also find a report on the 10th UK-China Workshop on Space Science Technology. The report is accompanied by an interview with Prof. Richard Holdaway, the driving force of this bilateral collaboration.
In our section “Book Review”, we are giving an overview on the recent European Space Policy Institute ESPI publication “When China goes to the Moon…” by Marco Aliberti. Additionally, the author gave us in an interview interesting background information on his work for the book, while the Director of ESPI, Peter Hulsroj, explains the Institute’s mission.
A photo gallery of China's CZ-6 first launch is completing the latest issue of our newsletter.
The GoTaikonauts! team wishes to thank all persons who were willing to grant us an interview or contributed in any form to the content of this issue.
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The GoTaikonauts! team
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12 May 2015
The latest issue of the GoTaikonauts! newsletter was just published. The ipad app version is online, the pdf is available upon e-mail request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The cover story of issue no. 15 is on China’s small satellites. GoTaikonauts! re-published a paper by Dr. Wu Shufan and Chen Hongyu presented at the IAC 2013 in Beijing.
Apart from the Quarterly Reports on Chinese space activities in the last quarter of 2014 and the first quarter 2015 you will also find a short article on the "Joint Call for a Mission from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA)".
In our new section "Sideline", we are reflecting on an interesting comment by Alexey Leonov, the first ever space walker, on the Chinese space programme.

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01 September 2015
On 01 September 2015, issue no 16 of the Go Taikonauts! newsletter was published.
The cover story is a re-published paper by Qiu Huayon, Liu Zhi, Shi Junwei, and Zheng Yunqing presented at the IAC 2013 in Beijing, on China’s manned rendezvous and docking system.
Apart from the Quarterly Report on Chinese space activities in the second quarter of 2015 you will also find a summary of Wang Yaping's article "Sowing a New Dream" originally written for "ROOM - The Space Journal".
In our section “On the Spot”, we are reporting on the British Interplanetary Society's Chinese/Soviet Technical Forum. During the event in London in June this year, we were able to interview Soviet cosmonaut Anatoly Pavlovitch Artsebarsky, who shared with us his impressions of the Chinese space programme and his view on the international exploration efforts in general. A photo gallery of China's deep-space tracking network is completing the latest issue of our newsletter.
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"Have passion in your hearts, but take your time." - Xi Jinping

After a long New Year’s break and with some delay, the latest issue of GoTaikonauts! is now published.

The cover story is on the Chang’e 5-T1 mission and its surprise piggy-back payload 4M. Two interviews with the leading managers of 4M, Dr. Fritz Merkle and Jochen Harms, are completing the cover article.

Also, the document features a lengthy report about the IAC2014 in Toronto in Canada and comprises two interviews with important actors within China’s efforts for international cooperation: Prof. Weng Jingnong and Chris Bee.

A report on ASE’s 27th Planetary Congress in Beijing including an interview with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and two very nice travel reports in the search for space in China are completing this issue.

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