China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Native name
Chinese: 中国航天科技集团公司
State owned company
IndustryAerospace, Defence
PredecessorChina Aerospace Corporation
FoundedJuly 1, 1999 (1999-07-01)
Area served
Key people
Lei Fanpei (Chairman and President)[1]
RevenueCN¥ 294.02 billion[2] (2013)
Number of employees
174,000 (2014)
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Simplified Chinese中国航天科技集团公司
Traditional Chinese中國航天科技集團公司

Along with space and defence manufacture, CASC also produces a number of civilian products such as machinery, chemicals, communications equipment, transportation equipment, computers, medical care products and environmental protection equipment. CASC provides commercial launch services to the international market and is one of the world's most advanced organizations in the development and deployment of high energy propellant technology, strap-on boosters, and launching multiple satellites atop a single rocket. By the end of 2013, the corporation has registered capital of CN¥294.02 billion and employs 170,000 people.[2]

Subordinate entities

R&D and production complexes

Specialized companies

  • China Satellite Communications[3]
  • China Great Wall Industry Corporation Limited (CGWIC)[4][5]
  • China Aerospace Engineering Consultation Center
  • China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application
  • Aerospace Science & Technology France Co, Ltd.
  • Aerospace Capital Holding Co, Ltd.
  • China Aerospace Times Electronics Corporation
  • China Aerospace International Holdings
  • Beijing Shenzhou Aerospace Software Technology Co, Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Academy of Aerospace Technology
  • Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co, Ltd.
  • China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co, Ltd
  • China Aerospace Investment Holdings[6]
    • Easy Smart Limited (Chinese: 易穎有限公司)[6]

Directly subordinated units

The "directly subordinated units" of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation are:

  • China Astronautics Standards Institute
  • China Astronautics Publishing House
  • Space Archives
  • Aerospace Communication Center
  • China Space News
  • Chinese Society of Astronautics
  • Aerospace Talent Development & Exchange Center
  • Aerospace Printing Office

Development work

In October 2013, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation announced that it had completed a first ignition test on a new LOX/Liquid methane rocket engine. No engine size was provided.[7]

Earth imaging effort

On December 28, 2016 the company launched Superview 1A and 1B aboard a LongMarch 2D rocket, two Earth imaging satellites equipped with 0.5 meter optical resolution. These satellites were described at the time as the first of an eventual 24-satellite constellation composed of 16 optical satellites, 4 high-resolution optical satellites, and 4 radar imaging satellites. The company initially planned to launch the satellites at a rate of 2 per year, with completion scheduled for 2022. The company planned to compete with international providers to sell imagery to both government and commercial customers. [8]

See also


  1. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. "Leaders - CASC". Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  2. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. "Company Profile - CASC". Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  3. "China Satcom taken over amid telecom reshuffle". China Daily. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  4. Messier, Doug (2013-09-28). "China to Hold Long March Pricing Steady". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  5. "About CGWIC". CGWIC. Archived from the original on 2008-07-08.
  6. 易穎有限公司 (in Chinese). China Aerospace Investment Holdings. 12 April 2012. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  7. Messier, Doug (2013-10-24). "Guess Who Else is Developing a LOX Methane Engine". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  8. Lei, Zhao. "Satellites' images will open up market". China Daily. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
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