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Joint Request for Information from the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA)

Joint Request for Information from the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA)

29 November 2018

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration (ESA-HRE) and the Chinese National Space Administration Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center (CNSA-LESEC) are jointly requesting information relating to scientific collaborations for future lunar exploration between China and Europe.

The respective lunar exploration programmes of the European Space Agency and the Chinese National Space Administration share a common goal: establishing sustainable lunar exploration activities.

The purpose of the present Joint Request For Information (RFI) is to identify and map existing scientific activities and opportunities for cooperation between European and Chinese scientific teams to support the missions of both agencies, enhance the overall scientific return and to prepare for an international lunar research station.

Information sought includes:

  • Existing research interests and major scientific achievements;
  • Existing European / Chinese research collaborations;
  • Research areas of interest for future collaborations;
  • Potential science team contributions for planned missions of both agencies;
  • Potential contributions to a joint International lunar Research Team and/or a CNSA-ESA Joint Laboratory for lunar Samples and Materials.

Submissions are open for members of research institutions and universities in ESA Member States and in China.

A document with full details of this RFI can be found under "Documentation", below and in the right-hand menu.


Request for Information [PDF, 0.5 MB]

RFI process and submission deadline

Responses to this RFI should be sent via email to:
by 24:00 CET, 20 December 2018.

Respondents are requested to submit their submissions using the outline provided in Annex A, completing all relevant fields. Submissions should be no longer than 10 pages in length, with additional information provided in annex.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
5-Dec-2022 20:21 UT

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