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China Plans Multiple Launches of Missiles and Spacecraft This Year

China News Net recently reported that the China Aerospace Science and Technology Group, which is considered the "cradle" for Chinese missile and spacecraft products is planning a large number of activities. Multiple strategic and tactical missile weapons tests have been scheduled for this year. Also in the plan are 21 rockets with 30 satellites that will be sent into space. They will include one remote-sensing satellite exported to Venezuela, as well as four communications satellites for Nigeria, Bolivia and Belarus. The plan also puts in place a new research and manufacturing administrative structure, which includes a maturity evaluation model, a certification process for production lines, and an integrated safeguard system for weapon types and model management.

Source: China News Net, January 19, 2012