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    Andrew Jones on "Why China is opening its space station to international partners"

    https://gbtimes.com/why-china-is-ope...ional-partners

    China this week opened its planned space station to international participation, in cooperation with the United Nations. The call for proposals for research to be carried out aboard the orbital facility has generally been welcomed, but what are China's motives for sharing its space station?

    In general terms, sending humans to space is incredibly challenging and risky, and therefore expensive. China, like other nations, will look to reap all the dividends possible for its investment in the Chinese Space Station (CSS), a project started in 1992 that first sought to develop the capability to put astronauts in orbit.

    While a project like the CSS builds capacity and high-technology capabilities, spurs innovation, brings scientific gains, inspires new generations and demonstrates to the domestic and international audiences what China, under Communist Party leadership is capable of, international cooperation brings further benefits, including leverage in diplomacy, but also gains in technology and experience from the outside and, potentially, sharing costs.

    Prestige and soft power will be clear pay offs China will be looking for, says Dr Bleddyn Bowen, a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leicester in the UK.

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    Andrew Jones on "What we know about China's space station: modules, crew, launch plans and more"

    https://gbtimes.com/what-we-know-abo...plans-and-more

    China last week opened up its planned space station to international cooperation, with the first module set to launch in 2020. The road to this point has been long, requiring serious resources and innovation.

    China officially approved its space station programme way back in 1992, when the country's economy was around 26 times smaller in GDP terms than today.

    The ambitious three-step plan, named Project 921, involved first developing a human-rated rocket and spacecraft, orbiting Tiangong space labs as test beds and, with new, large rockets, constructing a 60-100 metric tonne modular space station in low Earth orbit.

    China launched the first Long March 2F rocket with an uncrewed test Shenzhou spacecraft in November 1999. In October 2003, Yang Liwei became first Chinese astronaut in space aboard Shenzhou 5. Tiangong-1, which recently met a fiery end, was launched in 2011 and visited by two crews in 2012 and 2013, proving lift support and docking systems. Tiangong-2, Shenzhou-11 and Tianzhou-1 further verified systems, and China is now looking to begin constructing the Chinese Space Station (CSS) starting around 2020.

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