China opened its space program for the next five years


02/01/2012

China has announced that the next generation of rockets will run on cleaner fuels. In addition, in their plans - space launch heavier loads, which would be another step towards the creation of a space station and a delivery man on the moon.

In the official report of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) were revealed ambitious plans for the next five years. It states that the Long March 5 rockets "will work for a non-toxic and does not pollute the atmosphere of propellant." At a press conference on the report, CNSA spokesman Zhang Wei said the rockets will be able to deliver the goods up to 25 tons into orbit.

China’s space program has become a symbol of the growing global situation of increasing research capacity and success of the ruling Communist Party in the development of this once impoverished country.

Morris Jones, an independent space expert from Sydney, gave his opinion on this subject:

"It is impressive that China has reached a level of development in the creation of heavy launch vehicles, which are crucial for the achievement of their goals to build a space station by 2020," - he said.

The plans for the next five years, we can distinguish the creation of a launch pad to launch rockets on the southern island of Hainan, the launch of spacecraft to study Earth-orbiting satellites and directly on the moon, as well as further research in the field of human lunar landing.

This document does not reveal the exact date of implementation of the various points on the launch and docking of Shenzhou-9 missiles to the experimental space module Tiangong-1 in 2012. At least one of the missiles will be launched manned. In November, an unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 returned to Earth after the two docking with the Tiangong-1 as these two devices connected while flying at high speed, which was the first "space kiss" for the country.

In an attempt to reduce international concerns about the potential militarization of space by China, the agency said that China wants "to use outer space for peaceful purposes." Morris challenged this statement: "No country that has a respectable major space program is limited only by peaceful program." He noted that China has tested anti-satellite weapons by blowing up one of its own satellites in 2007. "Around the world, space technologies are used for military communications and spy satellites. China is no exception," - concluded Jones.

Original: Physorg


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