Availing ourselves of the good opportunity to boost the development of Hong Kong's aerospace industry
Favourable wind gives me a leg up , whirling me upward into the blue sky! For the first time ever, our Motherland will select candidates in Hong Kong and Macao for payload specialists that could join the country's future space missions. The news immediately "ignites excitement" in the city's public opinion. For several days in a row, all media outlets including television and radio stations, newspapers and news websites are focusing on this hot topic. For the SAR Government, it is not only to help and coordinate the selection of candidates but, more importantly, also to make hay while the sun shines , turning the event into an important opportunity for promoting aerospace related education, scientific research and industrial development, so as to leverage Hong Kong's advantages in serving the country's needs and enable Hong Kong to enjoy brighter development prospects.
Starting with the Hong Kong visit in 2003 by national Space Hero Yang Liwei, Hong Kong follow our country's aerospace endeavour with keen interest, their enthusiasm being kept on the boil. After Yang's visit, several groups of Hong Kong youths have visited the Mainland's satellite launch centres in Jiuquan and elsewhere. One after another, Hong Kong's universities have also set up aerospace related specialties, with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and others keeping enhancing training concerned students. With regard to scientific research, the government's Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) has provided financial aid to aerospace related research projects such as in biomedicine, mechanical engineering and others. In past several years, aerospace-technology industry began to flourish. The Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group was formed and Hong Kong also joined the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). The first Hong Kong owned satellite was successfully launched last year, too. It is even more widely known that Hong Kong based scientists have participated in the country's major aerospace missions such as the Tianwen-1 and the collection of lunar soil samples. It may be said that following the progress of our country's aerospace industry, Hong Kong's aerospace related education, scientific research and industry have also taken shape from scratch.
Our country will recruit only two payload specialists this time. This is meant one will be chosen from not just one thousand candidates but from ten thousand. Yet regardless of the fierce competition, this has turned something unimaginable into an opportunity well within reach for Hong Kong people to make their "space dream" come true. With this, our country not only shows its consistent support, care and trust for Hong Kong but also gives its recognition of Hong Kong's strength in scientific research, which is bound to arouse Hong Kong young people's greater enthusiasm in innovation and technology (InnoTech). The SAR Government can take the opportunity and make best use of the situation to enhance STEM education. It can also be very promising for young people to devote themselves to InnoTech, which can also help them to attain their aims. In the long run, this will change Hong Kong society's and parents' expectations of children growing to become useful persons, and broaden Hong Kong young people's career aspirations, which is of great help for Hong Kong's economic restructuring and sustainable development.
That Hong Kong people have more opportunities to participate in the country's space endeavour also provides a great driving force for the development of scientific research in Hong Kong. So far, four categories of InnoTech development in Hong Kong has been established: biotechnology, artificial intelligence (AI), smart city and financial technology (FinTech). Now aerospace technology could be rightly added to become five domains. Hong Kong must not miss the opportunity offered by our country. Hong Kong also has the strength and talents in this regard. From now on, the ITF will inject more resources into relevant domains and support relevant research projects, and keep deepening cooperation with the Mainland.
A general orientation in future is to industrialise Hong Kong's aerospace technology. This and Hong Kong's promotion of re-industrialisation and development of Northern Metropolis are supplementary to each other. Consistent growth of Hong Kong's aerospace industry will further enrich the meaning and consolidate the status of Hong Kong as an international InnoTech hub. Our country has a complete aerospace industry, a part of which Hong Kong could introduce in to build a very good platform. Hong Kong could also make use of its own advantages to introduce in talents from all over the world.
One should also know that aerospace industry could potentially be very profitable. The annual output value of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) alone could reach 1 trillion yuan by 2025, and right now Hong Kong has yet to have its own BDS application system. As pointed out by Su Dong, the secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, if Hong Kong just manages to take a proportion of the BDS business, say only 100 billion yuan in annual output, it is already equivalent to 1 per cent growth in Hong Kong’s GDP. That is an enormous industry.
Our nation's plan to recruit payload specialists in Hong Kong once again stimulates an upsurge of interest in aerospace across the city. It becomes a major opportunity for Hong Kong's STEM education, scientific research and industrial development. This illustrates the saying that "our Motherland always remains a strong backing for Hong Kong" is not a slogan but a description of visible and tangible facts. Hong Kong's future lies in its integration into the nation's overall development. Throwing themselves into InnoTech development, Hong Kong young people's future is rather bright.TG群声明:该文看法仅代表作者自己，与本平台无关。转载请注明：中英社评/乘势而上大力发展香港航天产业