China Is Making Progress in Space and America Is Taking Ne
China has fired off a new variant of its Long March 11 long-range carrier rocket intended to launch new, heavier payload satellites with greater thrust and a wider, taller form factor.
“The upgraded variant, called the Long March 11A, will be able to send 1.5 tons of payload to a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 700 kilometers, nearly four times the Long March 11’s capacity to that orbit,” China’s Online People’s Daily stated in a June 1st report.
“Two satellites carried by a Long March-2D carrier rocket were launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Northwest China's Gansu province, May 31, 2020,” the report said.
The launch took place from the chang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province. The mission, launching two demonstrator satellites, marked the first launch of a 2-diameter fairing and the precedent-setting first use of a solid-fuel rocket, the Chinese report said.
The rocket, according to the Chinese report, is engineered to fire from both land and sea platforms and earlier variants have successfully fired from the Yellow Sea and several land locations. The Chinese paper says the mission scope for the demonstration satellites will “conduct inter-satellite data link and Earth observation tests.”
Interestingly, the Chinese report cites disaster relief and other non-military uses for the satellites. Yet it takes little imagination to recognize the many fast-develo military uses for these kinds of sy ems. For years, the Chinese have been making progress with a large number of Space warfare technologies. There are several substantial tactical prospects to be considered here, the first and foremost perhaps being missile defense applications such as space-based infrared sensors designed to detect the heat signature of an enemy missile launch. For instance, there is much technical work going on in the United States to explore the possibility of satellites themselves launching and better navigating defensive ICBM interceptor wons.
Finally, China is well known to have evolved and tested Anti-Satellite wons engineered to fire into space and destroy satellites.
The Long March IIA is 20.8 meters long with a diameter of 2 meters and a liftoff weight on 58 metric tons, the Chinese report says.
We are falling behind in innovations and they caught up in tech except for chips. Which they were 20 years behind in 2016 but only 7 years behind now. Why are we surprised to read articles like this?
United States graduates roughly 70,000 engineers. China graduates 600,000 engineers annually. It is a matter of time, China will overtake the US as the largest economy in the world.
China will soon pass America in technological inventions across the board. How? Because China takes their education seriously, and academics and behavior in school is strongly enforced. Knowledge is power, and ours is steadily eroding as we water down and underfund our education in America.
If you have a chance visit Apple, Google, Intel, Cadence and many Silicon valley companies. You will see tons of Chinese and Indian engineers.
China shot down a satellite in 2007. That's how far ahead they are in a space war. They have the capability of taking out our satellites
While we are busy rioting and looting !!
Good thing we have a space force now... lol
China will do whatever is required to defend their country!
Progress usually goes faster when you get the technology from other countries who actually do the research.
America Is Making Progress in Space and China Is Taking Ne...So what.
War war war.. is that all you people are thinking of? Jesus..
This is a toy compared to just an F9. China is making progress, but they are 15 years behind SpaceX.
I'm surprised their rockets make it into space. The parts for my car which are "made in china" don't last a month.
there are 3 million fresh engineers graduaded from China universities per year. While Another 3 million with non-scientic bachlors a year too. Any country can compete with? Isolate China? only make US falling more quickly.
Chinese repect science, but western are more and more in Anti-science behavior
Ever since Trump visited China on his first year as presi nt of the US of A, he never took his eyes off China. It shocked him of what China has become and since then,
Time for the Space Force to conduct a little target practice...
Stolen technology from US?
China is progressing while America is declining and burning.