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Notice on Strengthening the Management of Tiangong-II Space Science and Application Data

To strengthen the management of Tiangong-II space science and application data, China Manned Space Agency released “Notice on Strengthening the Management of Tiangong-II Space Science and Application Data” on November 17, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as the "notice"). In the "notice", four parts of Tiangong-II space science and application data management including the assignment of responsibility, user management, data distribution management and achievement management have been clarified. Details are as follows:
1. The Assignment of Responsibility
The ownership of Tiangong-II space science and application data belongs to the state, and under centralized management of China Manned Space Agency. China Manned Space Agency is responsible for formulating and releasing the requirements on space science and application data management; Authorizing data-management-based institution; Approving of public users and international cooperation users; Organizing or jointly releasing the application achievements.
Authorized by China Manned Space Agency, Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization, Chinese Academy of Sciences (hereinafter referred to as the “Space Utilization Center”) is responsible for space science and utilization data acquisition, procession, archive management, distribution and exchange, utilization promotion and achievements management etc. The main responsibilities include: space science and application data acquisition, procession and archive management; Space science and application data distribute, share, exchange and service; Promotion of data utilization; Review of user application documents and user management; Collection and management of space science and application data products and utilization achievements; Regular report to China Manned Space Agency of the user information, achievement information, revenue etc.
2. User Management
1) User Classification
According to user attribute and different aims in using space science and application data, user types are divided into tasks users, public users, international cooperation users, and business users. Task users refer to payload development institutions and institutions determined to be involved in engineering tasks; Public users refer to independent legal entities or organizations including national ministries, enterprises and scientific research institutions and educational organizations those utilize space science and application data to carry out public welfare application; International cooperation users refer to foreign entities, institutions or organizations those acquire and utilize space science and application data to carry out scientific research or utilization; Business user refers to enterprises those use space science and application data to carry on business applications, and to provide value-added services.
2) Approval Process of User Application
Application procedure is as follows:
  A. Public users fill in the <Application Form of Tiangong-II Space Science and Application Data for Public Users> and submit to Space Utilization Center for review; after passed the review, report to China Manned Space Agency for approval.
  B. International cooperation users fill in < Application form for international cooperation users of Tiangong-2space science and application data > and submit to Space Utilization Center for review; after passed the review, report to China Manned Space Agency for approval.
  C. Business user apply to Space Utilization Center, and Space Utilization Center review, approve and report to China Manned Space Agency for record.
3) User Rights
Tasks users can use the space science and application data level-0 products of the payload that they involved, and have a prescribed period of exclusive rights, data products that excess the prescribed time limit be distributed by Space Utilization Center; Public users can use the space science and utilization data products of the payloads they applied according to the rule, for Wide Band Spectral Imager and Interferometric Imaging Radar Altimeter higher than level-2 data products, Multiband Limb Imaging UV Spectrometer System higher than level-2 data products, Space Utilization Center can charge a certain value-added services which is appropriate and no more than data processing cost; to national or international emergency response or disaster prevention and mitigation, Tiangong-II data should be actively used, providing public users with data acquisition, processing and products services timely, preferentially and gratis; After being approval, international cooperation users exchange or use freely space science and application data products by the regulation; Business users pay for the use of space science and application data product.
All users may submit an observation application, the priority order of the conventional observations from high to low is: task user, public users, business users, international cooperation users, the priority of emergency observation application is higher than conventional observations.
4) User Responsibility
The main user responsibilities include: apply, acquisition and application of space science and application data to carry out scientific research and application; submit scientific research and application achievements timely; All users only have the space science and application data access, and should not distribute to third party without permission.
All users shall perform their duties strictly and abide by the provisions of the relevant laws and regulations, if there is any violation, user qualification will be canceled, data services will be stopped; If the circumstances are serious, legal responsibility shall be investigated.
3. Data Distribution Management
1) Data category and grading
The space science and application data of Tiangong-II include seven kinds of space scientific data: Plant Flowering and Seed-setting in Space, Multiple Materials Experiment, Experiment of Thermocapillary Convection in Large Scale Liquid Bridge, Gamma-Ray Burst Polarization, Space Cold Atom Clock, Space-to-Earth Quantum Key Distribution, Space environment monitor; three kinds of space application data acquired by Wide Band Spectral Imager, Interferometric Imaging Radar Altimeter, Multiband Limb Imaging UV Spectrometer System. The three kinds of space application data are the key promoted data for application.
In addition to the level-0 data products, Wide Band Spectral Imager data products are defined as five levels according to the general standard of data processing: level-1 product is the radiation corrected products, level-2 is the system geometry corrected products, level-3 is the geometry precise corrected products, level-4 products is the orthographic corrected products, level-5 is special subject or integrated application product.
In addition to the level-0 data products, Interferometric Imaging Radar data products are defined as four levels according to the general standard of data processing: level-1 product is the radiation corrected products, level-2 is the geometry corrected products, level-3 is the orthographic corrected products, level-4 products is the digital elevation model data product.
In addition to the level-0 data products, Multiband Limb Imaging UV Spectrometer System data products are defined as one level according to the general standard of data processing: level-1 is the radiance data products with radiation correction and geometric positioning.
2) Data distribution coverage
Space science and application level-0 data products are distributed to task users only in prescribed period; level-2 and higher data products of Wide Band Spectral Imager and Interferometric Imaging Radar and level-1 data products of Multiband Limb Imaging UV Spectrometer System can be distributed to public users, international cooperation users and business users according to approved data category and grade.
3) Data application and service
"Space application data promoting service platform for China Manned Space Engineering" provides services such as data application, product searching, downloading. Users register in the platform, submit an observation application and data product demand to complete data products application.
After receiving the data application from users, space utilization center perform space science and application data acquisition, data processing and production, product preparation and the space science and application data will be distributed, shared and exchanged on "Space application data promoting service platform for China Manned Space Engineering".
4. Achievement Management
Tiangong-II data achievements be managed according to the national intellectual property rights and related laws and regulations. All the achievements including academic papers, works and patents belong to data users should be marked "XXX data product is provided by China Manned Space Program", the relevant information of achievement should be submitted to Space Utilization Center within three months. Space utilization center summarize the achievements every six months and submitted to China Manned Space Agency, and major achievements should be reported timely and application suggestions should be put forward. According to different situations, major achievements be released by China Manned Space Agency or jointly issued with the relevant units.
Each unit should accomplish the management and promotion of Tiangong-II space science and application data according to the request above, striving to maximum the integrated application benefits of Tiangong-II.

(Cited from China Manned Space: http://www.cmse.gov.cn/art/2017/11/23/art_810_31973.html)

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5th Dec 2017 From:cmse.gov.cn
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