The delegation of APSCO attended Wenchang International Aviation and Aerospace Forum held from 24-25 November 2020 in Haikou, Hainan China. The forum was guided by the China National Space Administration and hosted by the People’s Government of Hainan Province. The forum focused on development and cooperation in the aerospace industry under the theme of “Accelerate the construction of China’s Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site (WSLS) and build an international platform for communication and cooperation. Mr Shen Xiaoming, Governor of Hainan Province and Mr Wu Yanhua, Vice Administrator of CNSA delivered the speeches at the opening ceremony.
High level delegates including Mr Atayut Xisam, Thai Ambassador to China, Mr Manasa Tagisa Kimball, Fiji Ambassador to China, Mr Mohamed Al Amin, Ambassador of the League of Arab States to China, Ms Yu Qi, Secretary General of APSCO and other embassy officials in China and representatives of international organizations in China, heads of relevant departments of the Hainan Provincial Party Committee and Provincial Government, representatives of scientific research institutes, and representatives of related enterprises and institutions attended the forum.
The Secretary General of APSCO, Ms Yu Qi was also invited to give a presentation at the forum on “APSCO Connecting Hainan Space Port to Asia Pacific”, sharing ideas on how APSCO can contribute to the development of space sector in Hainan and mutually benefit from China’s greater plans for free-trade port and space infrastructure development in Hainan.
Ms Aisha Jgairani, Director General of the External Relations and Legal Affairs Department of APSCO, was inivited to gave a speech duirng the Wenchang International Aerospace and Education Forum on 25 November 2020, sharing ideas on talent cultivation in space through multilateral international cooperation.
The delegation also witnesses the launch of Chang’e 5, China’s lunar probe, from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern province of Hainan in early morning of Nov. 24, 2020, with a target of landing on the moon and bringing back lunar samples. A Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket, the biggest and mightiest launch vehicle in China, was tasked with placing the 8.2-metric ton Chang'e 5, which has four components -- orbiter, lander, ascender and re-entry capsule -- in an Earth-moon transfer trajectory.
Mr. Xu Yansong, Director General of Program Operation and Data Service Department of APSCO, was invited to attend the live streaming of witnessing and discussing this event by China Global Television Network (CGTN).
During the live streaming, Mr. Xu said that considering these highly sophisticated operations, Chang'e 5 is more difficult and challenging than previous Chinese lunar expeditions. He also mentioned that the mission also will help to foster the country's knowledge, technology and talent pool for its future manned missions to the moon and other deep-space expeditions.
If the Chang'e 5 mission ends successfully, it will become China's first space activity to retrieve extraterrestrial substance and also will make China the third nation in the world to bring lunar samples back after the United States and the former Soviet Union.