At the 2017 Global Space Exploration (GLEX) conference, it was announced that the Chang’E 4 will be equipped with payloads from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Saudi Arabia.
During the conference, Wu Yanhua, deputy chief of China National Space Administration (CNSA) presented the “Chinese Lunar Project: Chang’E International Cooperation” trophies to the European Space Agency and the above-mentioned countries.
According to reports, the Netherlands provided the Netherlands-China Low Frequency Explorer (NCLE), the Germans Lunar Lander Neutron & Dosimeter (LND), the Swedish Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) and Saudi Arabia miniaturized lunar optical imaging equipment.
The technical expertise contributed by these countries will enable the scientists to obtain information on the background distribution of low frequency electromagnetic waves in lunar space and data on lunar particles to analyze lunar rock and water content, enabling greater understanding of the moon.
Chang’E 4 is the first lander and lunar rover designed to land and explore the far side of the moon, and the launch is likely to be scheduled in 2018.