China accelerates space program, plots out course to beat US and Russia

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    China accelerates space program, plots out course to beat US and Russia | ExtremeTech

    Two days ago, China turned on Compass (Beidou-2), its homegrown replacement for the US GPS and Russian GLONASS global navigation satellite systems. Then, yesterday, if you needed any confirmation that it’s in it for the long haul, China published its full space plans up until 2016. Most notably, China will launch manned space craft, space laboratories to analyze our solar system and universe (like Hubble), and the beginnings of a space station to rival ISS.

    China’s own personal space race has been tearing along with terrifying momentum. In 2003, some 44 years after the USSR launched Yuri Gagarin into space, China became the third country to launch a human into space — and now, eight years later, it has a functional satellite-based navigation system, is working on an orbiting space station, wants to send probes into deep space to explore the planets, asteroids, and the sun, and eventually manned expeditions to the Moon and Mars. By 2016, China will improve its launch vehicles, launch advanced communications and meteorological satellites, launch deep space probes and laboratories, and launch more Compass satellites until it rivals GPS and GLONASS in terms of accuracy and coverage.

    At this point it’s safe to say that China is serious about its space program, and its continued success is now a matter of national pride and prestige. While its space agency (CNSA) has a tiny budget compared to NASA, its efforts seem to be heavily focused on space exploration, while NASA has its fingers in many different pies. Obviously, it is also easier and cheaper for China to follow in US and Russian footsteps, too, rather than forging new ground like the incredibly-expensive Apollo program. With the world’s largest high-tech workforce and the best access to the rare earth metals that bleeding edge technology requires, China is perfectly poised to take the space exploration crown from America.

    Now, I know it’s fashionable for American sites to prophecize the downfall of the US and rise of China as the One True Superpower, but it would be remiss of us to not point out that China, four years ago, launched a ground-based missile into one of its dead satellites. Unlike NASA, which is a civilian organization, the Chinese space program is run by the People’s Liberation Army, China’s military. The US and Russia, seeing China successfully hit a satellite from Earth, were understandably rather nervous — and when combined with Compass, which could guide intercontinental ballistic missiles from China to anywhere on the globe, perhaps it’s OK to be a little concerned. China maintains that its space program is peaceful, however, and currently cooperates with Russia, Brazil, and Europe, but not the US.
     
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    China's drive to the moon a strategic challenge to the United States - Houston Space news | Examiner.com

    China's drive to the moon a strategic challenge to the United States

    According to the UK Telegraph, the Chinese government has released a white paper laying out its space plans for the next five years. In a document that describes China’s plan to build a manned space station and to continue robotic exploration of the Moon, the Beijing government also announced its intentions to plan a manned lunar landing to take place sometime after 2020.

    The United States had been planning a manned lunar return by the year 2020, under a program called Constellation proposed by President George W. Bush. But President Barack Obama subsequently cancelled the program. In a speech at the Kennedy Space Center in April, 2010, Obama justified his decision thus: “Now, I understand that some believe that we should attempt a return to the surface of the Moon first, as previously planned. But I just have to say pretty bluntly here: We’ve been there before. Buzz has been there.” “Buzz” referred to Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon who was in the audience at the time and had supported the Obama plan.

    “NASA's relationship with the Moon is the key to understanding its institutional bias. This is not simply due to nostalgia for the glory days of Apollo, but is based on an understanding of the strategic "geography" of the solar system. Our planet's satellite, thanks to its position and its small size, makes it an ideal base from which to explore the solar system, and, if necessary, to dominate the Earth. It has been described as a ‘Gibraltar Point’ possession, which entails control over access to and from the surface of the Earth to the rest of our celestial neighborhood. Neither the US nor anyone else has plans, at present, to build military bases on the Moon, but that may change. A US civilian base on the Moon would be a strong deterrent to such a development.”

    How the United States responds to the Chinese challenge remains to be seen. The idea of a colony on the Moon was raised by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, but only as a means to ridicule it and a major proponent of a return to the Moon, Newt Gingrich. Romney called the idea “zany” even though he supported Bush’s return to the Moon program four years ago. If the Chinese establish a base on the Moon while the United States remains stays Earth-bound, the strategic implications going forward could be profound indeed.
     
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    It's a way of saying USA does know as much as it would like about the program. The lack of transparency is a threat.
     
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    Jolly good and wish China the very best!
     
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    Maybe China should give every detail of its program to US to prove its transparency.
     
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    That would do it.
     
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    China founds first national aviation strategy institute

    (Guangming Daily)16:12, December 27, 2011

    Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

    The Chinese Academy of Aerospace Engineering and Technology Development Strategy, China's first state-level aerospace strategy research institute, was founded in Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics on Dec. 25.

    The academy will cooperate with the yet-to-be-built National Laboratory of Aeronautics and Technology to integrate the resources of top research institutions and enterprises such as the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China Aviation Industry Corporation, and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China.

    Furthermore, the academy will promote the innovative integration of production, education and research, improve China's technological innovation system, and strengthen the development of strategic emerging industries in the country's aerospace sector.

    China founds first national aviation strategy institute - People's Daily Online
     
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    China sets up state-level aerospace research institute

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    2011-12-31 19:16:28

    BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- A research institute focusing on the development of the country's aerospace engineering technologies was jointly founded by the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC) on Saturday.

    The institute, which will study and provide consultative services regarding aerospace engineering development strategies and national special aerospace programs, marks the country's first state-level strategic research and consultative organization in this area.

    The institute is also joined by the country's leading companies, colleges and other research institutions in aerospace-related fields.

    "The move will promote the development of the aerospace engineering sector, strategically-important industries, and the application of advanced aerospace technologies," said Ma Xingrui, general manager of the CASTC.

    China sets up state-level aerospace research institute - Xinhua | English.news.cn
     
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    This is great news, the final frontier is space. Good to see more joining the party
     

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