Hong Kong & Mainland China sign deal for joint space labNovember 18, 2010 at 11:09 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
HONG KONG, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) — The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) Wednesday announced the establishment of the Joint Laboratory specializing in Precision Engineering Projects for use in Space.
President of CAST Yang Baohua has led a six-member senior delegation to sign the pact with Acting President of PolyU Philip Chan on 15 Nov.
Under the agreement, CAST will donate some sophisticated equipment, including a vibration platform and vacuum device for mechanical and thermo testing, which worth at 5 million RMB (about 751,879 U.S. dollars) for the new lab.
This is the second important deal signed by PolyU and CAST within six months’ time. During PolyU President Timothy Tong’s visit to Beijing in June, the university and CAST also signed an agreement to formalize research collaboration between two parties relating to China’s lunar exploration program.