Committee Work

Introduction of the Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics

     The Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology (CDSET) of Chinese Society of Astronautics is a national academic organization composed of experts working in deep space exploration field. It is approved by the China Association for Science and Technology and is a legitimate organization registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs. As a branch of the Chinese Society of Astronautics, the committee is formally established in March 2004 and the inaugural meeting was held on June 15, 2004. The purpose of CDSET is: under the leadership of the Chinese Society of Astronautics and pursuant to the “Chinese Society of Astronautics Constitution”, the committee is devoted to the development and communication of deep space exploration technology, including promoting deep space exploration technology exchanges and cooperation both domestically and abroad, founding deep space exploration academic journals, organizing academic activities, promoting the popularization of scientific knowledge in the field of deep space exploration and so on. After 12 years of development and unremitting efforts, the Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics has undergone twice member adjustments, successfully held a dozen of academic conferences, published nearly 50 academic journals, and has launched many popular science activities, creating a good communication platform for deep space exploration experts and scholars while promoting the technical cooperation and development in the field.

      As the only professional academic group of deep space exploration in China, Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics gathers excellent technical workers from well-known institutes and universities all over the country, who have made great contribution to the development of Chinese deep space technology by working together through the platform built by the committee.

     The first session of CDSET consists of 56 members coming from 44 relevant deep space exploration technology organizations, with Xingrui Ma (CASC) invited as the chairman and Enjie Luan, China Association vice-chairman and National Defense Advisory Commission director, specially invited as the honorary chairman of the committee.

      The Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics adjusts its members every 5 years, endeavoring to absorb more experts and scholars in the field into the group. The following second session and the third session of the committee have an average of 80 members from approximately 80 deep space-related institutes. Both sessions invited lunar exploration chief engineer Weiren Wu as the chairman, and Enjie Luan, China Association vice-chairman and National Defense Advisory Commission director, as the honorary chairman of the committee.

      After more than 10 years development, CDSET has become a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and inter-regional community in Chinese aeronautics which is both strongly cohesive and academically influential.

      Besides, in order to promote the development of deep space exploration technology and science, summarize and exchange the latest research works, discuss new technologies, new ideas and technical approaches for international cooperation in deep space exploration, accelerate our pace of research and narrow the gap between China and foreign countries in deep space exploration, the Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics has organized a series of national conferences and events, providing references for future deep space exploration strategy research and development.

       So far, the Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics has held 12 academic annual meetings, each receiving an average of a hundred academic papers. The number of participants has increased annually and in the last two years, the number of participants reached nearly 200. The conference is held across the country by different member units every year. From determining the topic, calling for papers and dividing them into groups, the committee makes great effort to keep up with the international trend, trying to become the wind indicator of the field while satisfying the national strategic development needs. In the past 12 years, the topics of the conference include lunar exploration project, key technology of Mars and asteroids exploration, planetary landing, sampling and return, asteroid detection and defense etc., providing technical support for Chinese lunar exploration and future deep space projects as well as new approaches to carry out deep space activities and international cooperation. In addition, the conference invites famous academicians, experts and scholars in the field to give reports about deep space exploration key technologies, new acts and trends of the research, and our nation’s deep space mission planning etc. to the Assembly every year and in the breakout sessions, people discuss specific topics in-depth and young scientists have a chance to present their innovation works and get promoted in the field of deep space exploration, which at the same time, pushes forward the development of technology.

       To build a high-level academic communication platform, the Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics has made great effort in the development of the academic journal. The Journal of Deep Space Exploration (formerly known as Deep Space Exploration Research), was founded in 2004 by Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics, with Jiadong Sun, Ziyuan Ouyang etc. as advisers, Enjie Luan, Weiren Wu, Zuwen Wang as chairmen and Dengyun Yu etc. as members. The publication is a professional academic journal in the field of deep space exploration, which mainly reflects the scientific and technological achievements in deep space exploration technology. The journal is aimed at promoting academic exchange, strengthening publicity of the field and helping carry out more deep space exploration activities in China. In order to substantially increase the influence of the journal and absorb more outstanding academic works to improve the publication quality, the Journal of Deep Space Exploration is included in the Chinese Science and Technology Periodical Database under the effort of the Office. In support of Chinese Society of Astronautics and relevant departments, the publication of the magazine has been approved by the China Association for Science and applied the formal Issue from the national authorities. The magazine is renamed as Journal of Deep Space Exploration and is quarterly released. The content is 110-paged in Chinese and it is issued both domestically and internationally.

      The Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics, the only professional academic group of deep space exploration in China, shoulders the mission of popularizing deep space knowledge. The committee has arranged staff responsible for planning publicity and exploring ways to popularize deep space science knowledge. In the past years, the committee has organized and participated in a number of popular science activities.

      In July 2011, Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics held the First National Asteroids Detection and Defense Innovative Design Competition. The activity popularized scientific knowledge of deep space, inspired the majority of young scientists and students’ passion and interest for science, and attracted attention of more people to the fields related to asteroids detection and defense.

       In October 2013, the Lunar Exploration, Space Environment and New materials Symposium, held in Changsha, Hunan, was jointly organized by multiple units including Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics. The meeting was centered around the country's major technology and academic issues in lunar exploration project, the space environment and new materials. In order to build an academic communication platform and make mutual progress, the meeting invited leading experts in the field to discuss the current and future lunar exploration applications and development requirements for space environment and high-performance new materials. It is a meaningful attempt that professional committees, colleges and research institutes got together and jointly organized seminars, and it explored new ideas and approaches of development for lunar exploration, space environment and new materials, combining production, learning and researching.

       Meanwhile, during 2009-2014, the committee has made deep space popular science knowledge calendars based on different themes including solar system, small celestial body exploration, Mars exploration and deep space landing every year and distributed them to experts and scholars in the field of deep space exploration, which received widespread high praise by the public.

      To further promote development and innovation in aerospace science research and deep space exploration technology, providing ideas and approaches to carry out future asteroid exploration missions, Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics plans to collect future asteroid exploration mission science objectives from national experts, academics, young science and technology enthusiasts, and the collected works are going to be reviewed and rewarded.

      The deep space science popularization website is currently in a closed state but plans to re-build recently. The content will include deep space news, graphics, expo, etc. Interactive science platform such as deep space forum is also going to be built.

      In addition, Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics also actively carries out strategic cooperation, providing professional advice and service for major national projects. In 2011, Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics offered advice and service in aspects like development plan of major projects, scientific and technological research, achievements exhibition for Lunar Exploration and Aerospace Engineering Center. The two sides have established a long term, comprehensive strategic partnership and realized resources sharing and common development. In the future, Committee of Deep Space Exploration Technology of Chinese Society of Astronautics will continue to actively seek opportunities for cooperation, provide technical advice and other services for industry institutes and organizations, and help to promote faster and better development of China's deep space exploration undertakings.