Space Terms Glossary

ABM

Anti-Ballistic Missile

ASAT

Anti-Satellite

CALT

China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, a.k.a. the First Space Academy

CASC

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

CASIC

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation

CAST

China Academy of Space Technology, a.k.a. the Fifth Space Academy

COSTIND

Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence

EVA

Extra-Vehicular Activity

GAD

General Armaments Department

GEO

Geostationary Earth Orbit

GLD

General Logistics Department

GPD

General Political Department

GSD

General Staff Department

GSO

Geosynchronous Orbit

GTO

Geostationary Transfer Orbit

HTPB

Hydroxyl-Terminated Polybutadiene

ICBM

Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

IRBM

Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile

JSLC

Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre

KKV

Kinetic Kill Vehicle

LEO

Low-Earth Orbit

LH2

Liquid Hydrogen

LOX

Liquid Oxygen

MEO

Medium Earth Orbit

MRBM

Medium-Range Ballistic Missile

PLA

People’s Liberation Army

PLAAF

People’s Liberation Army Air Force

PLAN

People’s Liberation Army Navy

R&D

Research and Development

SAST

Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, a.k.a. the Eighth Space Academy

SLBM

Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

SRBM

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

SRM

Solid Rocket Motor

SSO

Sun-Synchronous Orbit

TDRS

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite

TSLC

Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre

UDMH

Unsymmetrical Dimethylhydrazine

XSLC

Xichang Satellite Launch Centre

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