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China Begins Development of Lunar Rover

Early-stage development has begun in China's 11 scientific research institutions on one of the key technologies in China's lunar probing program–the lunar roving vehicle.

Supported by China's High Tech Research and Development (863) Program Tsinghua University has been developing a lunar roving vehicle since 1999–what is now being worked on is the ground experimental vehicle of a rover they had earlier conceived.

Luan Enjie, general director of China's Chang'e Project and China National Space Administration (CNSA), said "the CNSA should take into consideration one main principle when designing a lunar roving vehicle, namely that it must adapt to any conditions on moon. We will accept various…designs and ideas."

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