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Measure Boosts Commercial Space Industry
SOURCE: China Space News     UPDATED: 2019-06-24

BEIJING, , June 15 (China Space News)  The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense and the Central Military Commission's Equipment Development Department jointly published a regulation to manage and boost the development of the commercial space launch industry on Monday.

It covers the research, development, production, testing, launch, safety and technology control of a "commercial carrier rocket", which is defined as a rocket designed and built from non-State funds intended to make a profit.

The regulation says that makers of the rocket, engine or any part containing explosive or inflammable substances must obtain approval from related authorities before starting their operations.

Before conducting a launch, commercial space companies must specify their orbital and frequency registration, safety measures and insurance policies and make sure such activity will not compromise national security and public interests.

All orbital missions, which refer to launches that place payload to any given orbit, must be conducted at space centers licensed by the government, the regulation stipulates.

It also encourages private enterprises to cooperate with State-owned companies or research entities and make use of the latter's facilities.