Credit: Lu Liangliang/CNSA


China’s future plans for the Moon include creation of an International Lunar Research Station.

Credit: Lu Liangliang/CNSA

In a February 12 presentation, China’s Lu Liangliang provided an overview of the status of the Chang’e-4 mission at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Scientific and Technical Subcommittee in Vienna.

Lu’s talk highlighted China National Space Administration (CNSA) planning under the title “The introduction of Chang’e-4 mission.” The charts presented give an overview of the vision of future Chinese lunar exploration activities.

Modular design

Regarding the International Lunar Research Station, Lu’s power points noted that the station is to adopt a functional modular design, making use of standardized interfaces to facilitate expansion and international cooperation with other nations.

Partners can jointly build lunar and lunar orbital infrastructure to achieve that cooperation.

Credit: Lu Liangliang/CNSA

Robotic exploration

As for future robotic exploration, Lu noted that Chang’e-7 will conduct a comprehensive survey on the Moon’s south pole to investigate the topography, material composition and space environment of the Moon.

Chang’e-8, in addition to continuing scientific testing, verification of key technologies will be carried out. Two to three missions are planned to be completed before 2030.

A new scientific data policy was released in 2016, with Lu underscoring that data on Chang‘e- 1, 2 and 3, as well as future Chang‘e-4, 5, Mars mission, and lunar samples can be applied.

Data policy

China’s scientific data policy is founded upon a basic principle: openness and sharing, Lu’s charts point out.

Under the title Management Organization, Lu’s charts explain that, on behalf of CNSA, the Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center (LESEC) is responsible for the management of scientific data from lunar and deep space missions. China’s National Astronomical Observatory is responsible for receiving, processing and storing scientific data.

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2 Responses to “China’s International Lunar Research Station Detailed”

  • Leonard,

    CSDC has defined a cislunar transportation architecture that would satisfy China’s desire for cooperation. At a minimum, they could buy rides from EML1 to the surface and back and refuel their return to Earth vehicles. If their launch site is in the right location, they could buy rides to the Moon from low Earth orbit.

    Dallas Bienhoff

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