After hosting the very successful Global Lunar Conference (GLUC) in 2010, Beijing has been selected as the site for the IAC 2013 by the IAF General Assembly in October 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Congress’ theme is Promoting Space Development for the Benefits of Mankind.
Preparations for the Congress are already well under way, under the leadership of CSA president Prof. Xingrui Ma. From November 2011 to February 2012 and from September to November 2012, CSA sent its Deputy Secretary-General, Mrs Jinyu Gong, to the IAF Secretariat in Paris to learn in detail about the organisation of an IAC and to ensure smooth communication between both partners.
Delegates will find China to be one of the most exciting countries for current developments in space.
To date, China has developed three Long March launch vehicle series with 10 different versions capable of launching LEO, GEO and SSO spacecraft. It has conducted more than 160 launches and the safety, reliability and success rate of the Long March launch vehicle have reached world-class levels. China has independently developed and launched more than 100 satellites. Based on the development of spacecraft platforms, its application satellites have formed seven series: the recoverable remote-sensing satellite; DFH (East is Red) communications and broadcasting satellite; Fengyun (Wind and Cloud) meteorology satellite; Earth resources satellite; Beidou (Big Dipper) navigation satellite; scientific and technical experiments satellite; and ocean satellite. This established China’s preliminary space infrastructure, which has played an important role in various fields such as economy, science, culture, education and national defence, with remarkable social and economic benefits.
Under a framework of peaceful utilisation and joint development, China’s space industry is committed to strengthening global space cooperation around the world, and playing a more important role in international affairs, such as global climate change, the green economy, and disaster monitoring and alleviation.
In this inspiring environment, IAC 2013 will be one of the most fascinating congresses to date. The IAF and the CSA look forward to welcoming you in Beijing!