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China to build nuclear-powered space shuttle

Posted on Friday, 17 November, 2017 | Comment icon 6 comments

China has some ambitious plans for the future. Image Credit: CMSE
The long-term roadmap for China's space program has been revealed by one of its primary contractors.
According to CASC (China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation), China is aiming to become a global leader in the aerospace industry over the next three decades.

In the shorter term, CASC will be developing a new rocket - Long March 8 - for placing satellites in to orbit, followed by a reusable spaceplane project aimed at the space tourism sector by 2025.

By 2035, there are also plans to ensure that all of its rockets and launch vehicles are reusable.
Perhaps the most interesting (and ambitious) of all however is China's goal of creating a nuclear space shuttle by 2040 as part of a whole new line of technologically advanced space vehicles.

In addition to traveling throughout the solar system, these spacecraft will make it possible to mine asteroids as well as to construct what has been described as a "space-based solar power station."

Whether any of this will actually come to pass however remains to be seen.

Source: IB Times | Comments (6)

Tags: China, Space Shuttle

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword on 17 November, 2017, 22:53
Comment icon #2 Posted by and then on 18 November, 2017, 0:19
Ambitious.† Hopefully, they'll work out their bugs, first:††https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/24/where-will-the-out-of-control-chinese-space-station-land-tiangong-1
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker on 18 November, 2017, 10:59
I 100% encourage them to get right on these goals. It might spur the US into doing things that are comparable. I'd like to see the US do asteroid mining, and space based solar energy collection, and maybe this could be the way to get that started.
Comment icon #4 Posted by geraldnewfie on 18 November, 2017, 18:00
big sticker on the side, Made in China, all parts bought off ebay
Comment icon #5 Posted by RoofGardener on 18 November, 2017, 18:27
Hmmm......† Has their satellite crashed to earth yet ?†
Comment icon #6 Posted by Nzo on 19 November, 2017, 18:02
Hmm, sending up a nuclear space shuttle on top of a huge burning and very explosive rocket. Nothing could go wrong, its not like a space shuttle has ever been blown to pieces as it was being launched into space.

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