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

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Date: 1-2 June 2019

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 [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. 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME (Updated 3rd 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:


Anatoli Artsebarsky - Space truss assembly using space-memory elements


 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 

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 Session & An additional selection of shorter presentations if time allows


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 Forum was held on 4 January 1980.




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