39th BIS Sino-Russian (prev Soviet/Chinese) Technical Forum 2019

Date: 1-2 June 2019
Start Time: 09:30am 
End Time: 05:00pm 
Venue: BIS, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

During the weekend of 1st and 2nd, June 2019 the BIS will be holding its annual Sino-Russian Technical Forum at the Society’s Headquarters in London. This Forum has been running for an amazing 39 years (previously under the title Soviet/Chinese).

The Sino-Russian Technical Forum is one of the most popular and longest running events in the Society’s history and has hosted some star guests over the years. We are proud to say that we have sufficient material for a two-day programme this year and we will continue the tradition of featuring a wide-ranging agenda. Details of the programme are being finalised but will feature presentations, films and debates on the history, current activities and future plans of both the Russian and Chinese space programmes. We encourage members to support the event, visit the heart of the BIS and take the opportunity to meet old friends and establish new contacts. 

Please note that we can cater for other dietary requirements (such as gluten-free) if you let us know in the notes field in the shopping basket (or email i[email protected] / call the office on 0207 735 3160).

All speakers and delegates are welcome to join us for an informal dinner on the Saturday evening, venue TBD but will be local in Vauxhall. This dinner will be self-funded, so you need only let us know whether you definitely want to join us, so that we can give an accurate headcount for the booking. (Please add a comment in the notes field in the shopping basket). It’s possible the pub will want to take pre-orders and we will email you if that turns out to be the case. 

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PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME (Updated 8th May 2019)

2019 Programme Coordinator David J. Shayler

As the Society reflects on lunar exploration this year’s Sino-Russian programme continues that theme with a selection of papers recalling Russian and Asian efforts to reach the Moon, combined with the usual broad selection of topics.

As the programme is still being developed, further papers may be added to the agenda.

Provisionally the following speakers will be in attendance


Vladim Zakirov

The Soviet nuclear rocket engine (RD-0140 [USSR] and NERVA [USA])


Phil Clark

China’s manned lunar programme and the CZ-9

New Russian intelligence-gathering satellites

Brian Harvey

Japan’s lunar programme

The impact of sanctions on the Soviet, Russian
and Chinese space programmes

Andrew Knight

Soyuz 6, 7 & 8. The Flight of the Cosmic Troika

Ken MacTaggart

Soviet Space Exhibits in London

Pat Norris

Lessons from the Soviet N1/LK-3 programme that are relevant today

David Shayler

Moon race recollections

Living in a sphere – the Soyuz OM

Gurbir Singh

India’s lunar missions

India’s anti-satellite test

India’s Forgotten Rocket Pioneer

Andrew Thomas

The Chang’e 4 mission in Chinese space philately

A review of the Sputnik stories in the Australian press for October 1957

Bert Vis

The Soviet lunar cosmonaut group

Chinese sea survival training base and rescue training


Question & Answer Sessions

An additional selection of shorter presentations if time allows

Why not book your seat now for this popular programme

Plans for a special celebration of the 40th Sino-Chinese Forum are being planned now with the provisional dates of June 5 – 7, 2020.
The very first BIS Soviet Technical Forum was held on 4 January 1980.

Be sociable; support the BIS!