Russian Experts: China’s Aerospace Technology in Rapid Development, Space Plans Leading Japan and Europe
On April 4th, according to Sputnik News Agency & Radio, Alexander Zheleznyakov, member of Tsiolkovsky the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, pointed out that China’s aerospace technology is now in rapid development; the achievements gained and experiments conducted in the field of human spaceflight are worth close attention.
Zheleznyakov said: “In recent years, China’s rapidly developing space program has made a number of achievements. Take orbital space station as an example. Tiangong 2 has been flying for 2 years and conducted a series of experiments; multi-module space station will start its construction next year.”
He also mentioned other significant missions, such as Chang’e 5, a lunar exploration probe, forecast for a Moon landing and return with a small amount of lunar soil.
Zheleznyakov believes that the launch plan of application technology satellite (ATS) of the developing China is worth attention. As he pointed out: “China is actively engaged in the ATS launch plan, has launched a large number of satellites and is conducting a series of experiments, including quantum communication satellites and satellites observing other galaxies.”
Zheleznyakov also said: “The rapid development of China’s space program will bring more surprises. Now as space power, China’s space program is in a commanding lead compared to those of Japan and Europe.”
In addition, concerning China’s human spaceflight program, director of the Space Technology Institute Ivan Moiseev pointed out that if the International Space Station (ISS) is to stop operation after 2024, China may become the only country with orbital space station.
Moiseev stated: “China’s next step in human spaceflight program is to build a multi-cabin space station. After completion, it will be half the size of our space station Mir. Planned to start construction in 2020, and be completed in 2024, the space station should include 3 cabins and 2 docking nodes for spacecraft or new cabins.”
Moiseev pointed out that, if the ISS partner countries cannot reach an agreement on extending the operation of the space station, China’s orbital space complex may become the only facility of this kind in low Earth orbit (LEO).