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9 Projects in 17 Countries were Selected into the First Batch of Scientific Experiments of China ...

The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) jointly announced in Vienna on the 12th that 9 projects from 17 countries stood out from 42 applications, became the first batch of selected projects for the China Space Station science experiment. This marks a new stage for the international cooperation of the China Space Station.

These projects come from 23 institutions in 17 countries including Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Italy, Norway, France, Spain, the Netherlands, India, Russia, Belgium, Kenya, Japan, Saudi Arabia, China, Mexico, and Peru, including government agencies and private entities, etc. The projects covered include space astronomy, microgravity fluid physics and combustion science, earth science, new technologies, space life sciences and biotechnology.

Wang Qun, the Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, and the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador, said that the international cooperation of the China Space Station vividly interprets multilateralism, fully reflects the openness and tolerance, and always commits to sustainable development, and is the promotion of the community of outer space destiny.

At the press conference, Simone Dipipo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, highly appreciated the Chinese government’s opening of the space station to the UN member states, saying that this move by China has effectively promoted international cooperation in manned spaceflight and made more states having the opportunity to participate in manned space technology research.

On June 12th, in Vienna, Austria, Hao Chun (center), director of CMSA, introduced the situation at the press conference. Xinhua News Agency reporter Guo Chen photo

Hao Chun, director of CMSA, announced that in the next step, CMSA will work closely with UNOOSA to further improve and release the second round of cooperation opportunities while supporting the selected team to implement the project.

In May last year, CMSA and UNOOSA jointly issued a cooperation opportunity announcement, inviting countries around the world to use the future China Space Station to carry out cooperation in the field of in or out-of-chamber experiments. The two sides also jointly established the project evaluation and selection committee and the international evaluation expert group, and formulated the selection work plan and standards, mainly focusing on the scientific significance of the project and the feasibility of the project. After two rounds of deliberation, the committee finalized the first 9 projects.

According to reports, the China Space Station will be completed around 2022, with the unique advantages of supporting large-scale multidisciplinary space science research, technology verification and space utilization.

 

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16th Sep, 2019 From:
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