Data exchange between NASA and China on Mars Orbiters


NASA receives a talk approval with the Chinese authorities gathering insights on China’s new Mars spacecraft. The reduction of the collision risk with the Mars orbiters is vital. Hence, the intention to create the Mars spacecraft.

Questioned on Chinese space activities Mr. Steve Jurczyk shared rare but not unprecedented discussion with the Chinese officials. The Q&A session was after the 23rd March speech at a meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.

Due to restrictions on federal law on interactions with Chinese organizations, NASA’s knowledge is limited to the publicly available information.

Mr. Jurczyk (NASA Acting Administrator) said they exchanged orbit and ephemeris data for Tianwen-1 Mars orbiting mission. As a result to analyze Mars with the orbiters.

NASA is thoughtful for the safety of the Mars missions in each country namely, UAE, Europe, India, and China. For which, NASA is in coordination with European Space Agency, Indian Space Research Organisation, and the China National Space Administration for appropriate information exchange to safeguard the Mars mission. The limited information exchange is consistent among satellite operators and spacecraft safety in orbit.

While UAE is coordinating with NASA on Hope, there seems to be no response from CNSA on Tianwen-1. Whereas China shared more information publicly on the spacecraft orbit.

Wolf Amendment restricts information exchange between NASA and Chinese organizations, formed by Mr. Frank Wolf. However, there are several efforts by officials who have spent years in the space industry for allowing greater coordination between China and NASA. Mr. Jurczyk also added that “It’s going to be up to the administration and Congress to determine if and how we engage with China on civil space activities as part of a broader strategy for the nation with China.”

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