Krister and I had a very productive trip to China. Dr Yu of NWPU had arranged a fantastic schedule for us. We met several equipment manufacturers the first day in Xi’an. Especially we had important discussions with companies from SELM and CASC talking about reaction wheels, solar cells and batteries, and transponder. We also were given the opportunity to present Beyond Atlas at the university as well as visiting their facilities. We were very impressed both by the equipment and the resources of the university.
The second day we were very grateful to have the opportunity to visit the tomb of the terracotta warriors. I am a history nerd as well as a space nerd, and the wings of past never stops to amaze me.
Then we were of to Beijing to meet with TY-space. We were very impressed by their startrackers, and especially the pico startracker were interesting for our purposes. Later in the day we met with Great Wall and Long march and discussed the launch to MEO. We had a very productive meeting, and it is clear that a MEO launch would fit our mission profile very well. There is a rough ride to orbit, and we will have to make sure to keep the space craft warm during launch and that we not shake to little pieces.
The last day we had the most important meeting of the trip – the meeting with CNSA. We were very happy to receive reconfirmation that CNSA finds our project interesting and that we will continue discussions on a potential cooperation. Next meeting will be next week in Australia between CNSA and SNSB with participation of Beyond Atlas advisers.
So again, a very big thanks to Dr Yu for arranging this very productive trip to China.