Chinese Satellite Program

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The Chinese government considers the space industry as an important part of the nation’s overall development strategy. After generations of hard work, China’s space industry has created a unique approach of development that conforms to its national conditions, made brilliant achievements symbolized by the successful implementation of several major projects, and obtained a lot of innovative results in space science. Centering on China’s satellite programs, this chapter briefly introduces the development history, then outlines specific satellite programs: Earth observation, communications and broadcasting, navigation and positioning, and scientific and technological test satellites. Finally, it addresses the satellite program’s future perspectives and China’s international exchanges and cooperation.

Further Reading

  1. BeiDou Navigation Satellite System website. Scholar
  2. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation website. Scholar
  3. China Daily website. Scholar
  4. China National Space Administration website. Scholar
  5. Chinese Academy of Sciences website. Scholar
  6. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China website. Scholar
  7. National Satellite Meteorological Center website. Scholar
  8. Report on the Development of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (2018) (Version 3.0), China Satellite Navigation Office, December 2018Google Scholar
  9. University of Science and Technology of China website. Scholar
  10. White Paper – China’s Space Activities in 2016 The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China, December 2016Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.China Academy of Space Technology (CAST)BeijingPeople’s Republic of China

Section editors and affiliations

  • Christina Giannopapa
    • 1
  1. 1.European Space AgencyParisFrance

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