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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 10:56 pm (UTC)
I've been reminded, elsewhere in this discussion, that companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are forging ahead; there's talk that the former may launch a test flight to the ISS as early as November, while the latter has opened their factory to build space planes in (IIRC) New Mexico.

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Date:October 1st, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, if we're going to open things up to the private sector, we could find ourselves in a massive lead. Just not "as a government" but as an enabler. Hudson Bay Company as one wag (wink) said. There really is something to that notion.
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Date:October 1st, 2011 07:02 am (UTC)
We'll just have to see how things fare in the next decade...

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