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The China Space Station is open to the world! The first batch of international cooperation projects announced

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Hao Hao, director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office, said at the press conference that "in the next step, we will work closely with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs to support and improve the second round of cooperation opportunities. ”

The Chinese government is highly appreciative of the Chinese government's application of the space station to the member States of the United Nations, and said China's initiative, which is a strong contribution to the international cooperation of human space, has made it possible for more countries to participate in the research of the space technology of the people, It is a strong support for the sustainable development goals of the United Nations 2030.

The primaries received 42 project applications from 27 countries and regions.

On May 28, 2018, the China Manned Space Engineering Office and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs jointly announced the cooperation opportunities announcement, inviting UN member states to participate in the future international cooperation of space science applications of the China Space Station. The selection of cooperation projects was jointly implemented by the China Manned Space Engineering Office and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

In the selection process, 42 projects from 27 countries and regions including Asia, Africa, Europe and America were received in the initial selection stage. A total of 258 team members from 72 project cooperation teams. The content covers nine fields, including aerospace medicine, aerospace technology, space life science and biotechnology, and space astronomy, representing different research fields and technical levels.

At the beginning of 2019, the China Manned Space Engineering Office and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Cooperative Space Station Application Project Evaluation and Selection Committee reviewed and determined that a total of 18 projects entered the final stage. From June 10th to 11th, the project evaluation and selection committee held its second meeting in Vienna. The meeting reviewed and confirmed the final selection result and released it on the 12th.

Lin Xiqiang, deputy director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office and a spokesman for the manned spaceflight project, recently introduced the criteria for project selection to the media in Beijing, which is in line with the UN's basic principles for the peaceful use of outer space. It has outstanding scientific significance and can greatly promote relevant scientific and technological fields. Progress, or can effectively promote the development of space science and technology and scientific research capacity of the project application country; the technical plan is reasonable and feasible, has good engineering feasibility, does not pose a threat to the space station; can bear the project research and development expenses.

[Three modes of cooperation with foreign science teams]

According to Lin Xiqiang, there are three main modes of cooperation with foreign scientific teams. One is the actual (test) inspection device independently or jointly developed by the Chinese side, installed in the reserved international cooperation cabinet space, and the actual (test) inspection and application. The actual (test) inspection device is assembled in the orbit after the cargo ship is ascended in the operation stage of the space station.

Second, the foreign party independently or cooperates with the Chinese side to propose an experimental plan (including experimental samples, experimental units or experimental design, etc.), and use the actual (test) inspection device in the relevant field that we have planned to carry out experiments and applications. The implementation of the space station construction phase begins with the external experimental units and samples being launched with the cabin or with the cargo spacecraft.

Third, the foreign party independently or cooperates with the Chinese side to develop the extra-vehicle load, install it on the reserved extra-vehicle load adapter, and carry out the corresponding test (real) inspection and application. The in-cabin support equipment required for international cooperation in extra-vehicular loads shall be arranged in the international cooperation cabinet space reserved for the experimental cabin I and the experimental cabin II. The external extravehicular load is installed in the orbit after the cargo ship is ascended in the operational phase of the space station.

Lin Xiqiang said that in the future space station mission, China’s manned space flight will actively carry out international exchanges and cooperation in various aspects such as equipment development, space application, astronaut training, joint flight and space medicine in a more open manner. Countries around the world, especially developing countries, share the fruits of China’s manned space development.

Regarding whether there will be other national astronauts entering the Chinese space station and conducting space experiments in the future, Lin Xiqiang told the Global Times reporter that this time mainly provides space experiments for scientists from all over the world to provide space stations for the world. For future development, it is necessary to build on the space station of China. The specific situation requires systematic research and timely scheduling.

China Space Station development and construction in an orderly manner

Lin Xiqiang said that the development and construction of the China Space Station is currently under way, and it is planned to be completed and put into use around 2022. The China Space Station belongs not only to China but also to the whole world. The completion of the China Space Station will make more "China's contribution" for the economic and social development of mankind and provide a better "China program."

Lv Congmin, deputy chief designer of the space application system, said that the relevant scientific research facilities of the China Space Station are being intensified, and the development is progressing smoothly. The China Space Station plans to deploy 16 scientific laboratory cabinets, extra-vehicle exposure experimental platforms and common-orbiting optical cabins in the sealed cabin to support space astronomy, space life science and biotechnology, microgravity basic physics, and space materials science. Hundreds of scientific research and application projects in more than 30 research topics in 11 disciplines such as aerospace medicine. Sixteen scientific laboratory cabinets will be installed in the core cabin, the experimental cabin I and the experimental cabin II respectively. At present, the core cabin science laboratory cabinet is about to complete the initial sample development, the experimental cabin I scientific laboratory cabinet is carrying out the initial sample development work, and the experimental cabin II scientific laboratory cabinet has all completed key technical research.

According to the introduction, after the project is selected, China will make overall plans according to the development and implementation progress of various projects of the China Space Station. Lu Congmin said, "We will provide real (test) inspection and space station operation opportunities, as well as support services such as measurement and control, recycling, etc. for the selected projects. We will use the experimental cabinets on the space station, the experimental cabin I and the experimental cabin II. Space, space station has been planned for aerospace medicine, space life science, fluid physics and combustion science applications in the cabinet and cabinet experimental equipment, as well as a number of space station cabin load adapters, and supporting the corresponding platform and application resources, Cooperation will be carried out. Interfaces and resource coordination, technical support and related condition guarantees will be carried out in the actual (test) development and operation phases."

In an interview with the Global Times reporter, Lu Congmin said that in these piggyback tests, China has provided very rare and precious resources for researchers in various countries. Lu Congmin further explained that the space station needs to launch costs when it enters space. In addition, China also needs to ensure that these devices are reliable and safe. The design, research and other work that needs to be done to adapt to the space environment is very costly. This move demonstrates China's spirit of international cooperation in the field of space.

As for whether these equipped devices will pose a safety hazard to the Chinese space station, Lu Congmin said that the public is assured that "one of the certification standards for these piggybacked projects is that they do not pose a threat to the Chinese space station and have various technical guarantees."

China is willing to cooperate with all countries including the US in space cooperation.

Ambassador Wang Qun, the Permanent Mission of China to Vienna, said at a press conference held in Vienna on the 12th that the cooperation of the China Space Station fully reflects openness and tolerance. Peaceful exploration and use of outer space is a common cause of all mankind. In May last year, China and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs issued an announcement on the opportunity for international cooperation in the China Space Station, opening the door to the world, regardless of the state, organizations, private entities, academic institutions, and equal participation. After a year of joint review, several projects were selected from the government, some from academic or private entities, some from developed countries, and some from developing countries. This again shows that the cooperation of the China Space Station is open and inclusive, does not involve its own self-interest, and does not engage in a closed circle. The cooperation process pays full attention to the needs of developing countries, encourages developing countries and developed countries to jointly submit project applications, considers partial costs for government and non-profit organizations, and aims to help developing countries cross the technological divide and achieve access to and exploration of outer space. .

When talking about the prospects for cooperation in the space field between China and the United States, Lin Xiqiang said that the development of the space industry cannot be separated from the cooperation of all countries in the world. International cooperation in the field of space is an important part of building a community of human destiny. Since its establishment in 1992, China’s manned spaceflight project has always adhered to the principles of peaceful use and common development, signed cooperation framework agreements with various space agencies and organizations around the world, and carried out various forms of cooperation and exchanges.

Lin Xiqiang reiterated that China is willing to cooperate and exchange with all countries and regions in the world for the peaceful use of outer space in the field of manned spaceflight. "Unfortunately, the relevant bills promulgated by the US Congress prohibit the US from cooperating with me in the aerospace field, which has seriously hindered the normal development of Sino-US space exchanges and cooperation. As long as the US cancels the non-constructive bill, China and the United States are in the field of manned spaceflight. There is a broad prospect for cooperation."

[Global Times - Global Network Reporter Guo Yuandan]

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