The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities (Roscosmos) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed a collaboration agreement for the Moon and outer space exploration on March 3 during the International Space Exploration Forum, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reports.
Russia and China plan to collaborate for the Luna-Resurs-1 orbital spacecraft launch scheduled for 2022. Also, Russia’s participation in China’s project to land on the South side of the Moon in 2023 is being considered. The signed agreement also provides for establishment of the Russian-Chinese Data Center for Lunar Projects.
This is not the first space exploration collaboration document signed by Russia and China. In November 2017, during the visit of Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev to China, a joint program of space development for 2018-2022 was signed. The program, in particular, provides for collaboration for engine building and rocket construction.
Source: Rossa Primavera news agency