This included significant emphasis on international collaboration, large-scale space exploration projects such as the Chinese Space Station and ILRS, and a couple of oddly specific provisions to prioritize communications satellites for Pakistan, and the development of the Pakistani Space Center and the Egyptian Space City.
The White Paper also called for more unified technical standards, made repeated mention of the United Nations as the global body responsible for safeguarding global outer space affairs, and generally called for a global space community that is not dominated by any one country.
Separately, we saw emphasis on more deeply integrating space into the broader economy. This will include deeper integration between space systems (i.e. integration of data from EO, satnav, and comms satellites), and also integration of terrestrial infrastructure with China’s space assets through initiatives such as the Sky-Earth Integration Megaproject (天地一体化).
Ultimately, the White Paper included many projects and proclamations that we were more or less expecting, but was nonetheless a heck of a recap, and forward look, at China’s space achievements and future plans. All of that said, it was far from the only news of the week!
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