The Chinese are noticeably absent from an important global space conference

Tim Fernholz
The Chinese are noticeably absent from an important global space conference

Attendees hoping to hear from the world’s busiest space power were disappointed after a Chinese space official didn’t show at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), a 70-year-old space conference. In 2018, China launched more missions to orbit than any other nation, and it looks likely to do so again in 2019. “I miss an important space agency in this panel.