China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Type State-owned
Founded 1999
Headquarters Beijing, China

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (中國航天科技集團公司)(CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

Along with space and defence manufacture, CASC also produces a number of high-end civilian products such as machinery, chemicals, communications equipment, transportation equipment, computers, medical care products and environmental protection equipment. CASC provides commercial launch services to the international market and is one of the world's most advanced organizations in the development and deployment of high energy propellant technology, strap-on boosters, and launching multiple satellites atop a single rocket. The corporation has registered capital of 1.1 billion U.S. dollars and employs 110 000 people.[citation needed]

Subordinate entities[edit]

R&D and Production Complexes[edit]

Specialized Companies[edit]

  • China Satellite Communications Corporation[1]
  • China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC)[2]
  • China Aerospace Engineering Consultation Center
  • China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application
  • Aerospace Science & Technology France Co, Ltd.
  • Aerospace Capital Holding Co, Ltd.
  • China Aerospace Times Electronics Corporation
  • China Aerospace International Holdings, Ltd. (中國航天國際控股有限公司)
  • Beijing Shenzhou Aerospace Software Technology Co, Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Academy of Aerospace Technology
  • Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co, Ltd.
  • China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co, Ltd

Directly Subordinated Units[edit]

  • China Astronautics Standards Institute
  • China Astronautics Publishing House
  • Space Archives
  • Aerospace Communication Center
  • China Space News
  • Chinese Society of Astronautics
  • Aerospace Talent Development & Exchange Center
  • Aerospace Printing Office

Development work[edit]

In October 2013, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation announced that it had completed a first ignition test on a new LOX/Liquid methane rocket engine. No engine size was provided.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "China Satcom taken over amid telecom reshuffle". China Daily. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "About CGWIC". CGWIC. 
  3. ^ Messier, Doug (2013-10-24). "Guess Who Else is Developing a LOX Methane Engine". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 

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