China’s first steps to international lunar platform, among other space industry news

China, the first steps to international lunar platform

The Chinese government has devised a plan for the International Lunar Research Station (LIRS). This station is scheduled to be installed in the lunar Antarctic region, and it is planned to be developed throughout the 2020s, and expanded by the 2030s… The plan could include long-term robotic missions and short-term crew missions, allowing long-term human stays in the lunar South Pole between 2036 and 2045.

This plan seems to have the intention of shifting from the policy of China independently promoting development in the space field to a system of international cooperation. It was revealed at the presentation at the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) earlier this year.

Pei Zhaoyu of the National Space Agency of China announced that they would probably jointly design and build lunar project with Roscosmos (Russia).

China’s Private Rocket Developer iSpace Raises $173 Million

Chinese private rocket developer iSpace has raised $173 million in Series B round funding to develop a new series of rockets, the Hyperbola-2, and a reusable Metalox engine.

The “Hyperbola-2” is equipped with a vertical landing and reusable first stage engine, and the proceeds will be used for the development of this series and the 15-ton thrust JD-1 engine. Next year, the company plans to carry out a 100km vertical takeoff and landing test with this rocket, and full-scale orbit flight is scheduled for the end of 2021.

Competitor Landspace is also developing a rocket with a Metalox engine. The company’s “Zhuque-2” is scheduled to be launched in 2021. In addition, Onespace also plans to launch on a new rocket into the orbit this year. Linkspace is aiming for an on-orbit launch in the second half of 2021 although it has not been in the news after testing at an altitude of 300 m with a technology demonstration rocket in August 2019.

In 2014, China is implementing a policy shift to open the launch and small satellite development to the private sector. As a result, more than 10 rocket-related companies have been created in China to date. The companies introduced above are the companies born from that flow.

In 2015, the Chinese government announced a policy to support the participation of private companies in satellite development. Since then, there were also private companies involved in satellites development, and the private sector has responded proactively to the policies of the Chinese government.

Many of the founders and employees of the emerging private companies are from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., a so-called “national team” of the Chinese space industry.

Japan-US Dialogue on Space meeting

The 7th Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space, which was held last time in 2013, was held on August 26 and exchanged views on a wide range of topics, including space exploration including the Artemis program, commercial space activities, and security

The joint statement released as a result of the meeting reaffirmed its commitment to the Artemis program, strengthened cooperation in understanding of the space situation and functional security, and reaffirmed the role of satellites in contributing to solving global issues including the achievement of the SDGs.