Projection of Crew Landing
HELSINKI, Finland — According to Ye Peijian, a prominent Chinese lunar programme designer and engineer, Chinese boots on the moon will be “completely achievable” by 2030.
“I believe that as long as technology research for crewed lunar landings continues and the country remains determined,” says the author. In a Nov. 12 interview with CCTV state television host Lu Jian, Ye stated, “a Chinese crewed lunar landing is entirely achievable by 2030.”
Ye’s statements do not imply that China has formally approved crewed lunar landings, but they do represent recent advances and successes, as well as continued development.
China has made significant progress in areas linked to human spaceflight capabilities on the Moon. The government conducted a flight test and high-speed reentry of a new crew spacecraft capable of deep space missions in May of last year.
At the recent Zhuhai Airshow, a number of these components were on display. China is also rumored to be developing a lunar lander for crewed missions.
If development on the various parts continues, China’s next five-year plan, 2026-2030, may include a moon landing as part of its space aspirations.
Other aspects of space exploration and technology, as well as their overall usefulness, were discussed in the conversation. “This is about scientific advancement, which will lead to technological advancement. “Just because other countries have done it doesn’t mean you don’t have to.” China is a large country with numerous responsibilities.
New application satellites are needed in the aerospace industry. This includes communication, navigation, and remote sensing technologies, which are all intertwined with the national economy and people’s livelihoods,” he added.
According to Ye, China’s next mission will be an asteroid mission. The mission, tentatively dubbed Zheng He after a Ming dynasty admiral, is scheduled to launch in 2024 for the near-Earth asteroid 469219 Kamo’oalewa. The mission would deliver samples to Earth after collecting samples using two different procedures before moving on to study a main belt comet.