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China reveals a new "heavenly palace" space station



The Airshow China troops gather around a cylindrical module that represents the life and work of Tiangong, the "Palace of Heaven" – a copy of its first permanently occupied space station

Posted 20:04, 6 November 2018

Updated 20:04, 6 November 2018

YUHANGYUANS. The Model of the Taunton Model is placed at the top of the Chinese Space Station Model Airshow in China 2018 at Zhuhai on November 6, 2018. Image Wang Zhao / AFP

YUHANGYUANS. The Model of the Taunton Model is placed at the top of the Chinese Space Station Model Airshow in China 2018 at Zhuhai on November 6, 2018. Image Wang Zhao / AFP

ZHUHAI, China – On Tuesday, November 6, China revealed a copy of its first permanent occupied space station to replace the orbiting laboratory of the international community and symbolize the country's great goals.

The 17-meter core module was a stellar windmill in the two-season Airshow in China's Zhuhai Southern coastal city area, the ground aerospace show.

Outside, the Chinese J-10 fighter and J-20 stealth fighter confused the spectators as they approached Zhuhai's sky. Back inside, the country showed its fleet of Drones and other military equipment.

A quarter of the Tiangong or Heavenly Palace people gathered in a cylindrical space station module with two other modules for scientific experiments and equipped with solar panels.

Three astronauts remain permanently in a 60-ton orbit, enabling a crew to undertake a biological and micro-plot study.

The assembly is expected to be completed by 2022, and the drive life span is about 10 years.

The International Space Station – The United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan – has been in operation since 1998, but is about to retire in 2024.

China is then the only space station in the orbit, though it is much smaller than the ISS, weighing 400 tons and is equal to the football field.

Millions worn

The country announced in May that the laboratory would be open to "all countries" to conduct scientific experiments.

"There is no doubt that China will use its position in the same way that ISS partners use their predecessors: research, technology, and exploration of deep field," said GoLaikonauts.com analyst Chen Lan, a China Web site specializing in space exploration.

Research institutions, universities and public and private companies have been invited to propose projects. According to public media, about 40 plans for 27 countries and regions have been received.

The European Space Agency has sent astronauts to China for training to be ready to work within the Chinese Space Station after it was launched.

"I am confident that China will be able over time to develop partnerships," says Bill Estroy, space analyst with an international consulting related to US estimates.

"In many countries and more and more companies and universities there are space programs, but they can not afford to build their own space station," he said.

"The ability to deliver payloads and experiments on a human spacecraft is very valuable."

Beijing will pour billions of military leadership into its spatial program and will send people to the Moon in the near future.

China as a threat to threats US President Donald Trump has launched plans to create a new "space force" to make the countries of the country more dominant than space-based rivals.

A versatile space market

But China's space program has detected some glitches.

The Tiangong-1 Space Laboratory broke up when it crashed back to Earth in early April, two years after the end of its operation.

The Chinese authorities refused to control the laboratory that was placed in the orbit in September 2011 as a testing platform for permanent status.

Another laboratory, Tiangong-2, was launched on orbit in 2016.

"Despite being spoken, the United States is still the dominant force in space right now," Ostrove said.

"The most likely scenario for the future is that China will emerge as one of the largest space states," he said.

But Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and India will continue to be "big roles" in space exploration, while private companies are increasingly important in the field, Ostrove added.

"The space market is more complex," he said, "so one or two countries or companies are difficult to master in the US and Soviet times in the Cold War." – Rappler.com


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