Representatives of the China National Space Administration and the European Space Agency are currently holding discussions on the potential for cooperation in the construction of the orbital lunar base, as well as possible other joint projects in this area, Bloomberg reports referring to the European and Chinese media.
Chinese news agencies, referring to Secretary General of the China Space Agency (CNSA) Tian Yulonga, started talking about such a discussion. The information was later confirmed by Paul Hvittendal, representative of the European Space Agency (ESA).
"China has a very ambitious program for the development of the moon," Khvitendal noted.
"Space has changed seriously since the space race of the 60s. We are fully aware that only peaceful development of this space and international cooperation in this direction will move us forward. "
The head of the board of directors of ESA Johann-Dietrich Werner describes to them the proposed project of the "Moon Village" as a potential international launching pad for future missions to Mars, capable of provoking serious interest and development of space tourism, as well as becoming a starting point for the development of lunar mining Fossils.
It should be noted that the Chinese space program appeared relatively recently. The first manned flight of China was carried out only in 2003, more than 42 years after the first manned space flight.
Last week, the Chinese National Space Administration launched an unmanned spacecraft as part of a mission to dock with the now-empty Chinese orbital station. By the end of the year the agency is going to launch an unmanned mission to the Moon. With its implementation, it is planned to land on the lunar surface, collect lunar soil samples and return back to Earth. Next year CNSA wants to send another unmanned mission to the Moon. The device will have to autonomously network on the back of our satellite, also collect soil samples and return to Earth.
"The European Space Agency would very much like to have access to the analysis of the samples that the Chinese unmanned vehicle Chang'e-5 will bring back home, and also consider conducting a European launch and docking with the Chinese orbital station in the future," explained Khvitendal, while noting that it has not come to any final phase of the search for the required agreement.
It should be recalled that China was excluded from the list of countries entitled to use the International Space Station. Mostly due to US legislation, which prohibits such cooperation because of concerns about the strong military ties of the Chinese space program.