China’s space programme and Asia
China’s space programme in 2008/2009 exhibited several new features, while continuing to follow the guidelines enunciated at the turn of the century. While the recent emphasis on satellite, manned spacecraft and lunar mission launches continued to be reflected in the Chinese space programme, further modernisation of space technologies, research on new launchers, and “batch” production of these space systems was also pushed forward, testifying maturity in the domestic space industrial potential and capabilities. Among the significant achievements of China in this field in this year are stepped up satellite launches, the extravehicular activity of Shenzhou 7 manned spacecraft in September 2008, the March 2009 realisation of the lunar mission launched in October 2007 and bidding for the international commercial launches. 753 Nevertheless, despite these successes, the failure to put into specified orbit a French-built Indonesian satellite on 31 August 2009 dents into these images of robust space programme of China.
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