Wu Weiren, chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program, during an interview with China Central Television (CCTV) on Nov. 21, 2022. Photo: CCTV snapshot.
According to China’s lunar exploration chief designer, the basic structure of the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) will be built by around 2028, allowing Chinese astronauts to land on the moon within a decade.
China’s Phase 4 lunar exploration mission will be expanded from the basic structure it aims to build using the Chang’e 6, 7 and 8 lunar probes, ILRS said. Chief designer Wu Weiren said. In an interview with China Central Television (CCTV).
According to Wu, the basic structure to be built by around 2028 will consist of a lunar lander, rover, reaper, energy system, communications infrastructure and human life support systems.
“We are currently developing a new energy system that will allow nuclear energy to be delivered at high power and for a long time. Communication facilities will enable communication between the Moon and Earth, or with other planets such as Mars. We can do it,” Wu said. Chinese astronauts could land on the moon within the next decade.
Wu said China was the first country to propose building a research station in the South Pole region of the Moon. The temperature in degrees Celsius at which both astronauts and machines can stay and work for long periods of time.
As part of China’s deep space exploration, China launched a lunar exploration mission in 2004, achieving lunar orbit, landing and sampling. “We will conduct Phase 4 lunar exploration missions, and may conduct Phases 5 and 6 in the future,” Wu said.