China's Space Program News Thread


Rachmaninov

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Official requirements of a cargo spacecraft for China's new space station. I don't have the time or technical grasp for a full translation, so I will summarize the points I do understand:
- 1000-4000kg carrying capacity going up.
- 100 - 300kg carrying capacity for return trips.
- Cargo craft is to carry waste and garbage on return trips.
- Enhanced location beacon for ease of locating the cargo craft once it lands on Earth.
- There will be 2-3 supply missions each year.
- From the time a re-supply order is issued to the time the cargo craft docks with the space station, the duration is not to exceed 45 days.
- Economical launch and operating costs, to be internationally competitive.

Just a minor clarification on your third bullet - garbage from the space station is to be de-orbited in a controlled manner and fully combusted on return to Earth’s atmosphere without residue debris.
 

eprash

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China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology hints that a new rocket will make its debut this year.

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Jono

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wow, such heavy responsibility resting on her young shoulders.....
must be under tremendous pressure and stress. the price to pay for being young and successful, the envy of many people.
I feel happy for China though, having a pool of highly talented young scientist to man her Space Adventures.
 

Xsizor

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Sometimes, I feel like Chinese space agency has too many of young people thrust to the front.
So far, so good.

I wouldn't be able to fill those shoes. I just want the space agency to be funded adequately. 25 billion would do.

So much could be achieved with so much talent.
 

Jono

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Sometimes, I feel like Chinese space agency has too many of young people thrust to the front.
So far, so good.

I wouldn't be able to fill those shoes. I just want the space agency to be funded adequately. 25 billion would do.

So much could be achieved with so much talent.
perhaps one reason why they are so young is that there simply are no predecessors.
China's space agency develops so rapidly from ground zero that there are no giants' shoulders to stand on.
the young scientists themselves are the first generation Space Adventurers ??
just my speculation.
 

Xsizor

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perhaps one reason why they are so young is that there simply are no predecessors.
China's space agency develops so rapidly from ground zero that there are no giants' shoulders to stand on.
the young scientists themselves are the first generation Space Adventurers ??
just my speculation.
Unlikely. This is about young people "leading". The overall composition of teams having young people and teams being lead by young people are different.

This is the result of conscious actions. To cultivate young leaders. This is a space agency that carries the burden of National pride and Standing. To give leadership role to young people seems a bit adventurous.

Well, no risk. No reward. Credits to the Chinese for being confident.
 

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