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China unveils ambitious space projects

Posted on Friday, 24 August, 2012 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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China's space agency has revealed a number of new projects that are currently in the works.

Between 2014 and 2016 China hopes to launch several new projects including an X-ray telescope known as the "Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope" (HXMT) that is designed to investigate black holes and will be China's first ever space telescope. Other projects include the "Dark Matter Particle Explorer" satellite aimed at detecting high-energy electrons and gamma rays, a solar telescope and a new observatory in Antarctica.

"China's technology has advanced markedly, and some of its buildings are really world-class," said International Astronomical Union president Robert Williams at the opening ceremony of the organization's 28th General Assembly. "The fact that we are meeting here is an indication that China has emerged in a short period of time to be competitive on the world stage in the science of astronomy."

"China will launch several space projects, including a hard X-ray telescope for black hole studies, between 2014 and 2016, according to a senior Chinese astronomer."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by TheMolePatrol on 24 August, 2012, 18:00
This is awesome! Remember when another big player (the Russians) was in the competition? Hopefully this sparks a space race to Mars.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hybrid89 on 24 August, 2012, 20:27
Im inclined to agree with the Mole, A Race to mars would be quite awesome
Comment icon #4 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 24 August, 2012, 22:50
I remember a film that had the east & west in space & all they could do was war on each other & I feel if we don't go into space united as one it will become a new battle ground.
Comment icon #5 Posted by notoverrated on 25 August, 2012, 11:06
i wonder if there is a study on what breeds technology better team work or competition.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ashiene on 25 August, 2012, 12:18
I think all resources towards space development should go to the UN so that no single nation can dominate space. The UN Space Council should then use these resources donated by capable nations into developing offworld colonies and space exploration. Like the ISS, each offworld colony should have multiple nationalities of colonists.
Comment icon #7 Posted by TheMolePatrol on 25 August, 2012, 19:44
I agree with the UN thing, although I worry it might hinder space development at the rate the world is running right in this momemnt. But eventually yes, even colonizing the moon should be done in unity rather than countries competing for commercial interest. It won't get us there the fastest, but laying the diplomatic framework would be worth the wait for our grandchildren.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ~C.S.M~ on 27 August, 2012, 13:29
I dont know whats best, competition or cooperation. Both have strong sides and weakness. Like for cooperation it tends to become extremely slow and costly. Because the cooperation to work, it has to slow down so that the "weakest" space agency can be part of it. And costly because of to much burocraty. Competition, is generally faster, but im not sure if cheaper. Because to many resourches from different sides goes to the same goal. So realistically I think there are situations where cooperation is better and others where competition beats all.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Opinionist on 12 September, 2012, 4:48
I wish these big astronomy groups to cooperate, to create an outstanding project that will "change" our understanding.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Occams Razor on 22 September, 2012, 5:56
I think all resources towards space development should go to the UN so that no single nation can dominate space. The UN Space Council should then use these resources donated by capable nations into developing offworld colonies and space exploration. Like the ISS, each offworld colony should have multiple nationalities of colonists. I believe the Chinese were told they weren't invited to join the ISS program, that's why they have gone their own way, they had no choice. It's all very well saying everyone should unite to explore space, but there may come a time, and it may not be too far away, wh... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 22 September, 2012, 11:21
I believe the Chinese were told they weren't invited to join the ISS program, that's why they have gone their own way, they had no choice. You are putting the cart before the horse here. As far as I'm aware the Chinese haven't asked to join the ISS programme. It is also inaccurate to say that the Chinese are "going their own way". The Shenzhou was developed with a lot of help from Russia,


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