Reporters learned from china Aerospace Science and Technology Group, in the 2019 International Astronautical Congress, 86-year-old Qi Faxuan academician won this year’s International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame award. The award recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of space science and technology.
Academician Qi Faren is the first chief designer of China’s Shenzhou spacecraft, China’s first man-made earth satellite “dongfanghong One” one of the main technical leaders, the International Academy of Astronautics, the Chinese Academy of Engineering. As a well-known Chinese space technology expert and leader in satellite engineering technology, he has made important contributions to the development of space technology in China over the years, and has laid the foundation for international space industry cooperation with China in the field of space.
This is the second time that experts from the China Academy of Space Technology have been awarded the IAF Hall of Fame, after the “two-bombs, one-satellite” medal winner, Wang Xidi.
According to CCTV news reports, the Chinese delegation collectively missed this year’s IAF Congress, which opened on October 21, because the U.S. side did not issue visas in time. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference on the 23rd, I also saw the news in the media. The Chinese National Space Administration was immediately informed and verified. Indeed, the Chinese delegation’s collective absence from this year’s IAF Congress was due to the failure of the United States to issue visas in a timely manner.
Hua Chunying said that as we all know, the IAF Congress is a joint event in the field of space by the International Astronautical Federation and the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Academy of Space Law, with at least a few thousand government officials, entrepreneurs and scientists attending each year, known as the “Olympic Games” of the space industry. China has always been a supporter of multilateral cooperation in space flight and an important participant in the IAF Conference, which sends delegations to the IAF General Assembly every year.
Hua Chunying said that in July this year, three months before the meeting, China submitted to the United States three months before the meeting to participate in the IAF General Assembly preliminary list of personnel, the Chinese National Space Administration delegation on October 12 to the U.S. Embassy in China to sign, but until the beginning of the meeting, the Chinese delegation still did not obtain a U.S. visa, This led to the Chinese delegation being unable to travel to the United States as scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of this year’s IAF Congress, the Director’s Forum and other important activities, so that you mentioned that the media also paid special attention to the scene, that is, “without China’s participation in the IAF Congress.” In this regard, more than 1000 live audience are surprised, using a mobile phone to put forward “in this conference, I miss an important space agency, where has the Chinese National Space Administration”, the issue was placed on the big screen of the venue, attracted widespread international attention.
Hua Chunying said that according to my understanding, the current Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation, The Deputy General Manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, as well as the IAAF Election Committee member, the Secretary General of the China Aerospace Society and other personnel have not obtained a U.S. visa.
It is worth noting that in 2017, qi Faren academician in an interview has said: when we “921” (project) began, I, Yuan Jiajun to the United States is not to give a visa, Yuan Jiajun is the vice president of the International Astronautical Federation, in the United States meeting, he will go to the meeting, and so on the meeting is over, before he signed the certificate.