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Russia invites China to join lunar station, remote sensing projects

(People's Daily Online)    15:54, June 10, 2019

The video grab taken at the Beijing Space Command and Control Center on Sept. 27, 2008 shows Chinese taikonaut Zhai Zhigang outside the orbit module of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft during his spacewalk. [Photo/Xinhua]

Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia's state space agency Roscosmos, recently invited Chinese partners to join lunar station projects as well as remote sensing of the earth, according to Global Times.

"We would like to deploy a space monitoring system in the area with the lowest possible level of man-made 'noise', to study far space with an eye on international cooperation in protection against asteroids. Let's do it together," Rogozin said at the Space Economy session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which was held from June 6 to 8.

According to the Russian official, Roscosmos was ready to combine Russia's Luna-26 mission, which is expected in 2023, with a Chinese lunar project.

"This spacecraft is compatible with the equipment of our Chinese friends," Rogozin said.

He also spoke of the two states' satellite navigation systems, namely Russia's Glonass and China's Beidou, saying that there could be possible cooperation in the production of electronic components.

"We are ready to move toward joint businesses, creating a joint remote sensing constellation and occupying a joint share of this market, up to creating joint operators who could commercialize the results of high-precision scanning of the earth," he revealed.

He added that he saw no political obstacles in this sphere of cooperation.

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