China Willing to Cooperate with Russia in Lunar Program Development
Yuguang Yang, representative of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited, founder of the Moon Village Association, said at Startup Village 2021 international conference that China and Russia have a significant future in joint space exploration.
“I really hope that we will cooperate. Russia and China have already signed an agreement on joint development of the lunar program, in particular, the creation of a lunar platform. I believe that we can achieve much more together. South Pole and other parts of the Moon are all part of our program. To do this, we will need new technologies that can be used in the future for research on Mars, as well as in other space programs.”
According to Yuguang, international cooperation is extremely important for both Russia and China. First of all, we are talking about launching people into space. “Since we decided to build a lunar station, let's do it together. You cannot do this on your own. We believe that we can reduce certain risks to humans, make flights safer, reduce the cost of launches, maintain a permanent base on the surface of the moon through joint efforts.”
Chinese partners are confident that Russia can make a significant contribution through the technologies of new engines, in particular, electrical units.
Alexander Bloshenko, Executive Director for Advanced Programs and Science, State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS, said that a joint task force has been established and agreements have already been reached on mutual integration of super-heavy carriers to manned ships.
China is considering cooperation in the field of its new Tiangong space station. “We are developing the Chinese station so that foreign modules are able to dock with it. This provides for activities of an international team of astronauts at this station,” the representative of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited assured the audience at Startup Village 2021 international conference.