European Space Agency Is Wary Of Partnering With China

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti donned a Chinese pressure suit for training with Chinese colleagues to practice sea survival off China’s coastal city of Yantai in August 2017.
Credit: Stephane Corvaja/ESA
Until the mid-2010s, the European Space Agency (ESA) had great hopes that cooperating with the China Manned Space Agency (also known as the China Manned Space Engineering Office) would be fruitful. Harsh diplomatic realities have since dampened enthusiasm. ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and...
Thierry Dubois

Thierry Dubois has specialized in aerospace journalism since 1997. An engineer in fluid dynamics from Toulouse-based Enseeiht, he covers the French commercial aviation, defense and space industries. His expertise extends to all things technology in Europe. Thierry is also the editor-in-chief of Aviation Week’s ShowNews. 

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