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China's space input-output ratio reaches 1-to-10

(People's Daily Online)

15:41, June 28, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Such things as smoke alarms, thermal underwear, solar water heaters and satellite navigation are inseparable from aerospace science and technology.

"In fact, everyone is unknowingly enjoying the convenience brought by space technology," Liang Xiaohong, secretary of the Party committee of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said in an interview on June 25. Aerospace science and technology, which was very mysterious in the past, has penetrated into all aspects of our daily lives.

Smoke alarms installed in the offices, hotels and kitchens were invented to detect the smoke and toxic gases in the space station. The intensive care units in the hospitals benefited from the manned moon landing of "Apollo spacecraft" and originated from the laboratory of monitoring the vital signs of astronauts in training. The dried vegetable in the flavoring bags of instant noodles was originally the space food. The sports shoes with stretchy soles originated from the cushion on which the astronauts sat comfortably when the rocket was launched. In addition, baby incubators, cardiac pacemakers, thermal underwear and solar water heaters all benefited from the space activities.

The food quality and quantity safety are also related to the space technology. So far, China has used the recoverable satellites and the Shenzhou spacecraft for over 20 times to carry thousands of crop seeds and microbial strains to the space to get new varieties, which had been promoted and used in large-scale agricultural production.

The weather forecast and navigation system also benefited from the application of aerospace products: the Fengyun-2D meteorological satellite and oceanic satellites provide reliable meteorological data; the Beidou Navigation System will cover the Asian region in 2012 and is expected to do a global coverage in about 2020. Then, China will have its independent global satellite navigation system, which can provide navigation services for ships, airplanes and field workers.

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Read the Chinese version: 中国航天投入产出1比10
Source: People's Daily, author: Jiang Jianke


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