China releases commercial launch rules

China releases commercial launch rules

Louis Dillon

China has released a set of rules to help guide their growing commercial space sector with the development of launch vehicles.

The regulations, which were developed by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) and the Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission, outline the rules for research, development, testing of launches, safety, launch site interaction, confidentiality and more.

The regulations also provide clarification on what qualifications are required for commercial aerospace enterprises.

“In the future, we hope the government will strengthen the guidance of private commercial aerospace enterprises, build a more open, flexible and efficient co-operation and win-win mechanism,” a spokesman from OneSpace, a developer and manufacturer of solid propellant launch vehicles, told SpaceNews.

The regulations were seen as an urgent necessity, with over 20 companies being established in China within the last few years, that are focused on either developing launch vehicles, rocket engines or component manufacturing.

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There is also a legislative plan in the works that could be introduced before 2023, for China's first national space law.

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