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September 29th, 2011

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03:23 pm
I hear that the Chinese have launched their very own space station; none of this international nonsense. They'll be able to do whatever they like up there. It won't be long until it's manned. No matter that at its largest, it'll be less than a sixth the size of ISS.

It seems to me that the Chinese are following pretty close to Werner von Braun's playbook; get into space, build orbital infrastructure, and use that to expand into the Solar System. Too bad that the US forgot all that...
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Date:September 29th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
It's just a remote docking module. They'll send up a second module later in the year and just practice linking up via remotes. Their space station is still years away.

As to why not join the ISS? Politics aside all of their tech has been self_developed from the original Russian, compatibility and interoperability would be an issue.

This is more a "figuring out our doctrine" mission than the beginnings of station construction.
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Date:September 30th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Not according to the press releases. Nonetheless, they are still forging ahead while we let our program deteriorate. I wait with bated breath for the private sector space planes.

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco...

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