China’s First Mars Lander Performs Successful Hover Test

HEBEI HUAILAI, China (CNSA PR) — On November 14, 2019, the China National Space Administration invited some foreign embassies and international organizations to go to Hebei Huailai to observe China’s first Mars exploration mission lander hovering obstacle avoidance test and visit relevant test facilities. 

Zhang Kejun, director of the National Space Administration, attended the event and delivered a welcome speech. Wu Yanhua, deputy director of the National Space Administration, presided over the event.

Ambassadors and envoys from 19 embassies of France, Italy, Brazil and other countries, representatives of the EU, AU missions in China, representatives of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization and Chinese and foreign media reporters attended the event. 

The test was carried out in Asia’s largest extraterrestrial celestial landing test site, simulating the process of landing, hovering, and slowing down of the Mars gravity environment (the Martian gravity acceleration is about 1/3 of Earth’s).

The design correctness was comprehensively verified. This observation event is the first public appearance of China’s Mars exploration mission, and it is also an important measure for China to pragmatically carry out space international exchanges and cooperation.

In his speech, Zhang Kezhen pointed out that exploring the vast universe is the common dream of all mankind. In 2016, China officially launched the Mars exploration project. At present, all the development work is progressing smoothly. This landing device hovering obstacle avoidance test is an important part of the engineering development process.

China’s first Mars exploration mission is scheduled to be implemented in 2020. The goal is to achieve a round-the-round and landing inspection of Mars through a launch mission, conduct global and comprehensive exploration of Mars, and conduct detailed inspections of key areas on the surface of Mars.

Zhang Kezhen pointed out that China’s space development has actively promoted international cooperation in the past 60 years. It has signed more than 140 space cooperation agreements with 45 countries and international organizations, and jointly developed Sino-French marine satellites and astronomical satellites with France.

Sino-Italian electromagnetic satellite; the China-Pakistan Earth Resources series satellite jointly developed with Brazil is known as the model of “South-South high-tech cooperation”; in the mission of the fourth, it is carried out with Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Argentina and other countries.

Active international cooperation, and announced the cooperation opportunity announcement on the No. 6 and asteroid surveys in April this year; recently announced at the GEO conference that the high-resolution 1 and 6 satellite 16-meter resolution optical data will be global. Open sharing. 

These initiatives have brought benefits to the expansion of more countries, especially developing countries, in sharing space technology achievements and promoting social and economic development.

Zhang Kezhen emphasized that on the basis of equality, mutual benefit, peaceful use and inclusive development, China National Space Administration is willing to join hands with space agencies, space science research entities and foreign space science enthusiasts to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the follow-up major aerospace engineering tasks.

Sharing the achievements of aerospace development, jointly promoting the development of the aerospace industry, and contributing more wisdom and strength to promoting the building of a community of human destiny and promoting human civilization and social progress.