China National Space Administration

China National Space Administration
CNSA logo 2.png
Formation22 April 1993
HeadquartersHaidian District, Beijing
Zhang Kejian
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
Xichang Satellite Launch Center
China National Space Administration
Simplified Chinese国家航天
Traditional Chinese國家航天
Literal meaningNational Astronautics Bureau

China National Space Administration (CNSA) is the national space agency of China. It is responsible for the national space program[1] and for planning and development of space activities. CNSA and China Aerospace Corporation (CASC) assumed the authority[when?] over space development efforts previously held by the Ministry of Aerospace Industry. It is a subordinate agency of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND), itself a subordinate agency of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

The headquarters are in Haidian District, Beijing.


CNSA is an agency created in 1993 when the Ministry of Aerospace Industry was split into CNSA and the China Aerospace Corporation (CASC). The former was to be responsible for policy, while the latter was to be responsible for execution. This arrangement proved somewhat unsatisfactory, as these two agencies were, in effect, one large agency, sharing both personnel and management.[1]

As part of a massive restructuring in 1998, CASC was split into a number of smaller state-owned companies. The intention appeared to have been to create a system similar to that characteristic of Western defense procurement in which entities which are government agencies, setting operational policy, would then contract out their operational requirements to entities which were government-owned, but not government-managed.[1]

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aragonés: CNSA
српски / srpski: CNSA
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kineska nacionalna svemirska agencija