Representative of the 19th CPC National Congress Lei Fanpei: China Strives to Make 30 Launches a Year, Achieving to Have Over 200 Satellites in Orbit by 2020

On 18 October, Lei Fanpei, representative of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), revealed in Beijing that by 2020 China will strive to achieve to have more than 200 in-orbit spacecraft with about 30 launches a year, surpassing the EU, and basically reached the level of the world's major powers in aerospace industry.

On the first day of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Le Fanpei said during the Media Open Day activity of the 19th Chinese National Congress that at present, 30% of China's aerospace technology have reached the international first-class level. By 2030, the number is expected be raise to 60% so that China will surpass Russia and rank among the world's major aerospace powers in the world. By 2045, some areas will be able to compare favourably with those of the United States and finally become one of the major aerospace powers.

Lei Fanpei said that the reports of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China have clearly stated the strategic goal of building an aerospace power. He pointed out that from the achievements and technical level of products, one third of China's technical indicators and half of the economic indicators have reached the international first-class level, but are still not considered as a major power in the field of aerospace.

Lei Fanpei said that for the next step, the CASC should nicely accomplish high-tech projects and major national tasks in science and technology, build China's first space station and put it into operation, to achieve the lunar sampling and returning tasks, Mars landing probe, to complete the global satellite navigation system and high resolution Earth observation system, comprehensively promote the development of heavy-lift launch vehicles, and build civil space infrastructure consisting mainly of communications, navigation and remote sensing satellite systems so as to enable China to have comprehensive space exploration and application capabilities. To make greater contributions to building an innovative nation and major aerospace power, to building a "three in one" strategic deterrent force as well as consolidating the cornerstone of the national security strategy.