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Chinese Space Industry Pioneer Ren Xinmin Dies at 102

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Ren Xinmin, a key founder of China's space industry. (Photo: spacechina.com)

Ren Xinmin, a renowned expert on missile and rocket technologies and chief designer of China's first satellite, has died aged 102.

Ren was born in Ningguo, east China's Anhui province in 1915 and graduated from a military university in Chongqing in 1940.

He then went to study at the University of Michigan in America and got a master's degree for mechanical engineering and a doctorate for engineering mechanics in 1945.

He returned to China in 1949 despite receiving an offer to teach at the University at Buffalo. Starting from 1956, Ren worked as a key technical engineer and helped China develop its first missile, Dongfeng-1 in 1960 and also the country's first satellite Dongfanghong-1 in 1970.

Ren then worked as chief designer of six major space projects in China including an experimental communications satellite, practical satellite communications and meteorological satellite Fengyun-1.

In 1980, Ren was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 1999, Ren was granted the Two Bombs and One Satellite Merit Medal.

After Ren retired, he still paid close attention to the development of China's space industry. In 2003, at the age of 88, Ren witnessed the process of China's first astronaut, Yang Liwei, being sent into space by a Shenzhou 5 spaceship at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. He also wrote a calligraphy work to celebrate the successful launch of China's carrier rocket Long March 5 on November 3, 2016. (China Radio International)

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