US man guilty of China space leaks

Physicist admits passing space launch information to China and offering bribes.

    China's space programme has gathered pace in
    recent years [AFP]

    He admitted he helped China in the design and development of a cryogenic fueling system for space launch vehicles from 2003 to October of 2007.

    Shu also admitted that he violated the same law in 2003 by exporting to China military technical information from a document about designing and making a liquid hydrogen tank and pumps, valves, filters and instruments.

    Spying allegations

    Four people were arrested in February in connection with two separate alleged incidents of spying for China, the US justice department said at the time.

    A man from California was arrested on charges of stealing trade secrets from aerospace manufacturer Boeing, while three others were held on suspicion of passing classified US documents to China.

    The accusations were said to relate to the alleged theft of information on the space shuttle, the C-17 military transport aircraft and the Delta IV rocket.

    A Chinese-born US engineer was convicted in May of the attempted theft and export to China of thousands of pages of encrypted military data.

    China sent its first man into space in 2003 and followed that with a two-man mission in 2005.

    The Shenzhou VII, China's third manned space mission, blasted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China in late September.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.