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China’s CASC aims for 50 launches


The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation has set an ambitious plan to conduct more than 50 space launch missions in 2023, according to a CASC report released in early January.

The report, released during the 2023 Model Work Conference, aims to achieve the “spirit” of the CCP’s National Congress which seeks to enhance both the Chinese military as well as China’s place in space.

According to a release from the organisation, the CASC remains committed “to the guidance of Xi Jinping’s new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics”.

Dubbed Implementing the Thought of Strengthening the Army and Persisting in the Development of ‘Three Highs’ and Successfully Completing the 2023 Model Research and Production Tasks, the report outlines the key priorities for the year, including:

  • Improving their political standing.
  • Implementing reforms.
  • Building a risk management system.
  • Increasing innovation.
  • Enhancing project bidding capabilities.
  • Instituting cost control.
  • Accelerating digital transformation.
  • Improving military-local coordination.

During the meeting, attendees acknowledged the CASC’s success in 2022 where the number of aerospace launched exceeded 50.

In early 2022, the CCP’s State Council Information Office released a white paper documenting the country’s goals for the space industry. 

“It [China] will start a new journey towards a space power,” said the writers of the white paper.

“The space industry will contribute more to China’s growth as a whole, to global consensus and common effort with regard to outer space exploration and utilisation, and to human progress.”


China outlined plans to upgrade the rockets towards non-toxic and pollution-free launch amid the rising concerns over space debris, with such innovations already spearheaded by the United States and Europe. 

“In the next five years, China will continue to improve the capacity and performance of its space transport system, and move faster to upgrade launch vehicles,” the white paper stated.

“It will further expand the launch vehicle family, send into space new-generation manned carrier rockets and high-thrust solid-fuel carrier rockets, and speed up the R&D of heavy-lift launch vehicles.”

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