Russia has supplied China with technologies that have contributed to the implementation of its lunar programme, as announced today, on June 16, by the Head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, TASS reports.
“Few people know that the very lunar apparatus that China launched, it generally exists thanks to Russian supplies of the so-called RTG – this is a radioisotope thermoelectric generator. That is, in fact, we put an isotope generator there which makes it possible for this Chinese apparatus to operate,” Rogozin said.
The head stressed that cooperation in the space sector is beneficial to both parties. The Chinese are doing well and are funding their space programme sufficiently. According to Rogozin, Chinese specialists have made excellent progress in terms of technology, first borrowing Soviet technologies and now going further. According to the head of Roscosmos, the Chinese have good financial, organizational, and technological capabilities to set large-scale tasks.
On March 9, Roscosmos and the Chinese National Space Administration announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the creation of an International Scientific Lunar Station. The signing ceremony took place via videoconference. So, now Russia and China plan to create a roadmap for the construction of an international research station on the Moon. As follows from the statement, cooperation between the two countries in this area involves both the study of the lunar surface and the implementation of joint projects in the orbit of the Moon.