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Qian Xuesen Laboratory of Space Technology
China Aerospace Components Engineering Center
Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering
Beijing Institute of Spacecraft Environment Engineering
Institute of Telecommunication Satellite
CAST-Xi’an Institute of Space Radio Technology
Beijing Institute of Control Engineering
Beijing Institute of Space Mechanics and Electricity
Lanzhou Institute of Physics
Beijing Institute of Space Science and Technology Infomation
Shandong Aerospace Electro-technology Institute
Beijing Orient Institute of Measurement and Test
Tianjin Institute of Aerospace Mechanical and Electrical Equipment
Beijing Spacecrafts Manufacturing Factory
DFH Satellite Co., Ltd.
Space Star Technology Co., Ltd.
Aerospace Dongfanghong development Ltd. Shenzhen
Shenzhou Investment Management Co., Ltd.
China Spacesat Co., Ltd.
Space Biotechnology Group

Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering (ISSE)

Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering (ISSE), China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) was established in 1968. After decades of unremitting endeavor ISSE has become the leading institute of spacecraft system research and development in China that employs about 1,600 staff members. It is engaged in the broadest field of spacecraft systems with the most advanced and unique space technology assets nationwide. Its current research and development is mainly focusing on the 3 key national science and technology projects which are the High Resolution Earth Observation System, 2nd Generation Navigation Satellite System and Manned Spaceflight & Lunar Probe Project.


Through the steadfast efforts of several generations, ISSE has mastered the system engineering technology with astronautic characteristics, and has promoted innovation and development in the field of remote sensing, navigation, space science & deep space exploration, recover & space security, etc. It has constructed a space technology expertise system of 9 areas which are thermal, mechanical, electronic, communication, power supply and distribution, in-orbit management, space environment and system general technology.


For the past 40 years ISSE has undertaken missions of spacecraft projects management and related subsystem/product development and manufacturing in the field of lunar probe, manned spacecraft, remote sensing satellite, navigation satellite, communication satellite and recoverable satellite. In the meantime ISSE has accomplished many firsts in China: the first satellite DFH-1, the first manned spacecraft Shenzhou-5, the first lunar orbiter Chang’e-1 and first lunar lander and rover Chang’e-3, and also the first recoverable satellite, GSO satellite, remote sensing satellite and navigation satellite. ISSE has successfully developed and launched more than 100 spacecrafts and made great contribution to China spaceflight history.

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