Center of Space Exploration, Ministry of Education(hereafter referred to as the Center) is the entity established by the Ministry of Education with the backing of university for organizing and coordinating the scientific research and engineering research and development in the related fields of deep space detection among universities. It was officially set up on November 5th, 2009, and relied on Hunan University; then it was reorganized in 2013, and after recombining its branch centers, increasing members of its council and academic council and holding the meeting of restructuring, the Ministry of Education addressed official documents on July 31th, 2013, changing the supporting institution from Hunan University to Chongqing University. At present, the Center is supported by Chongqing University and has 41 participating institutions, of which are 28 key universities, such as Beijing University, Tsinghua University, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing University and so on, 13 superior enterprises, such as the Fifth and Eighth Institute of CASC and others. The director of the Center is Academician Zhong Zhihua and Professor Xie Gengxin is the vice-director responsible for the daily work.
The Center applies the director responsible system under the leadership of the council: the council is the highest decision-making body with Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen and several members of the council, giving overall guidance on the construction and development of the Center; under it there are Comprehensive Management Department (Beijing, Chongqing) , General Technical Department(Beijing) and 11 professional branches; and it also has the Academic Committee --- the consulting and guidance body of academic and technical core. Depending on the policies and decisions made by the council, the director lead the Comprehensive Management Department , General Technical Department and 11 professional branches to carry out the work with the assistance of the vice-director.
The purpose of the Center: integrating the resources of the universities to serve the departments and enterprises, such as the Ministry of Science and Technology, State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), General Armament Department and China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, so as to push forward the cause of deep space detection to develop soundly and rapidly. Building the Center into the platform for the resource integration among the universities and subjects as well as the scientific and technological innovation, the window for universities to serve the projects of deep space detection in our country, such as moon exploration, the research center with the deep space detection technologies of leading position at home and abroad.
The main tasks of the Center: looking for the research organizational management mode of universities facing the needs of the nation; following the latest trends of the international deep space exploration activities and technological development; integrating the resources of universities and undertaking the research and development of technologies and projects of deep space detection; carrying out international cooperation and promoting exchanges of deep space detection technologies; strengthening subject construction relevant to deep space detection; cultivating all kinds of talents for our country’ deep space exploration; and launching the popularization of science in the fields of deep space exploration.