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Space Program Re-
Priorities and Military Control
he PRC had assigned top priority tovarious types of reconnaissance satellites.and space research satellites were secondpriority, respectively.
which resulted in practically an space-related RtD,under the Academy of Scienceseing assigned to institutes under the National Science and Technology Commissionittle emphasis remained on purely scientific space research which was loft with the CAS.
Comment: Although these relative priorities and military control of China's space program have been suspected and agree with intelligence assessments, this
he Chinese have shown aIn satellite reconnaissancehas been evidence of an ongoinghere also has been strong evidence of native program.
utacea tnat a meteorological satellite would be launchedt could also suBBorLmilitarv urograms.
cvmovvz ui lonospnefic anaith emphasis on determining solar effects on the ionosphere and,on communications. All pertinent scientific data were forwarded to the NDSTC.
The low priority for purely scientific spaceis supported by the lack of launches since the two satellites01 despite the availabilityroven launch vehicle. Reconnaissance andsatellites, however, probably wouldarger, more sophisticated Launch vehicle. I
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