CHINA has unveiled its aerospace plans for five years in order to intensify its space race against the United States.
Last week, the Chinese State Council announced in a white paper its ambitions for space exploration.
The document provided details of Beijing’s plans for five years, as well as steps it would take in order to control the aerospace sector.
China’s two greatest goals are to launch its own satellite telescope and complete its own station in space.
The space telescope, which is currently under development, is called Xuntian, or the Chinese Space Station Telescope (CSST).
The CSST is expected have a 2 meter (6.6 ft) diameter primary mirror and a 300-fold larger field of view than NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
A telescope with a wide field of vision would be able to view up to 40% of the sky for ten years.
If all goes according to plan the telescope will orbit Earth with the Chinese station and be able dock periodically.
“The telescope will be set up in an optical module that can fly independently in orbit for a higher efficiency of space probe,”Zhou Jianping is the chief designer of China’s human spaceflight program. In March, China Central Television reported the following:Last year.
“Meanwhile, we will make it fly approximately in common orbit with the future space station. This will help us refuel the telescope and carry out in-orbit upgrade[s] for it, so as to always keep it on the level of an international frontier,”Jianping was added.
CSST will launch in 2024.
The Chinese whitepaper also highlights other space missions such as exploring Jupiter and building a station on the Moon to study the Moon. It also includes bringing back samples of Mars.
China’s announcement of plans recently highlights its very real attempts to take over the United States as the leading aerospace superpower.
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