Russia, China Sign Lunar Cooperation Agreement

TOKYO (ROSCOSMOS PR) — On March 3, 2018, the Roscosmos State Corporation and the Chinese National Space Administration, in the framework of the International Space Development Forum (ISEF) in Tokyo, signed an agreement on intentions for cooperation in the field of exploration of the Moon and deep space, and the creation of a Data Center on lunar projects.

The sides expressed their readiness to consider the possibility of cooperation in the implementation of the Russian mission to launch the orbital spacecraft Luna-Resurs-1 (Luna-26) in 2022, as well as the planned Chinese mission for landing in the region of the south pole of the Moon in 2023. The document was signed by the general director of Roskosmos state corporation Igor Komarov and the deputy head of the Chinese national space administration Y. Yanhua.

In addition, the partners agreed to establish a joint Russian-Chinese Data Center on lunar projects and outer space, expressing readiness to involve scientific and industrial organizations and companies of Russia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), if necessary.

The interaction of Russia and China in the field of the exploration of outer space for peaceful purposes is dynamically developing. So, on June 25, 2016, an Agreement was signed between the Government of Russia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on measures to protect technology in connection with cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes and in the creation and operation of launch vehicles and ground-based space infrastructure, and on December 18, the document took effect.

In addition, in November 2017, within the framework of the 22nd meeting of the heads of government of Russia and China, the State Corporation Roskosmos and the CNRC signed a program of cooperation in the space field for 2018-2022, which includes 6 sections: the study of the moon and deep space, space science and related with her technology; satellites and their applications; element base and materials; cooperation on Earth remote sensing data; monitoring of space debris and practical study of relevant issues; and other topics. Cooperating organizations of both sides have started implementing projects within the framework of this program.