China’s ambitions in space received a boost as three astronauts docked at China’s semi-finished Space Station. China plans to collect samples from asteroids and explore Jupiter by 2025.
Three Chinese astronauts, two veteran Taikonauts, and one rookie launched from the Gobi Desert and docked with the center part of the Space Station. They will complete the construction of their own space station by the end of the year.
How advanced is China’s Space Technology?
China’s space activities are based on independence, self-reliance, and self-renovation principles. They are combined organically with international cooperation and exchanges in the field of space technology. China’s space technology development plan includes exploring outer space.
- Accelerating the industrialization of space technology and its application
- Deploying space activities rationally
- Strengthening pre-study and technological infrastructure construction Fostering talented people in the space industry.
In addition, China has participated in the UN space applications program.
What is China’s space strategy?
China launched 207 space missions from 2016 to 2021 but plans to upgrade its launch vehicles in the next five years.
As part of the China space station, Tianhe was launched in April 2021. Two more modules will be launched this year. There will also be a new space telescope in five years called Xuntian.
China will continue to:
- Study and develop technology for a human lunar landing
- Develop new-generation manned spacecraft
- Bring pristine lunar samples back to the Earth in the next five years
Tiangong Space Station
NASA has awarded Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace a contract to develop new Artemis-ready Eva suits. The suit will be used aboard the space station and for Low Earth Orbit operations.
Three Taikonauts have been dropped off at the Tiangong Space Station to oversee the attachment of two research modules. They will also likely have to do a couple of spacewalks.
The Tech Behind Tiangong
China is building its own space station, called Tiangong, which will orbit Earth alongside the nearly 23-year-old International Space Station. Once the International Space Station retires in 2024, China’s space station will become the only permanent space station in low Earth orbit.
China’s foreign ministry said that the United States is judging an upright man with a petty mind by excluding China from working with NASA. China has been working on its own space station ambition for 30 years.
The Chinese space station Tiangong will eventually be made up of three modules and can hold 13 astronauts. It’s smaller than the International Space Station but has more advanced technology.
China’s space agency says its solar panel-powered propulsion system helps Tiangong stay afloat in orbit and consumes less fuel than the International Space Station’s gas guzzler.
The space station is designed for collaborations and will be a competitive alignment for countries to launch experiments on.
China will operate its own space station, Tiangong, and will decide whether or not to allow scientific experiments to be conducted in the space station. NASA and Russia are also planning to launch space stations.