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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 30th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
"Heavenly Palace1" [I love the name!] is a prototype, more a proof of concept. However, they have a design for a Celestial Palace, which is meant to a true orbital facility, and it's about twice the size of the ISS [same number of crew though...their tech is bulkier].

Interestingly, it's been suggested that one configuration of the design includes an "orbital construction area".. i.e a space dock...presumably for building orbit-to-orbit or pure space vessels.

Way I figure it, America will get serious about space again, when China launches it's manned lunar mission.

Edited at 2011-09-30 11:54 am (UTC)
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Date:September 30th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe. Or maybe the Chinese will skip the Moon (it's so 1960s!), and go to Mars, leaving us all in the dust.

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