China lays out five-year space plans

Dec 29, 2011

China said Thursday cleaner fuel will power its next-generation rockets, which will launch heavy cargoes into space, bringing nearer plans to build a space station and put a man on the moon.

In a white paper outlining its ambitious space programme's five-year plan, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said the Long March-5 rockets "will use non-toxic and pollution-free propellant".

Speaking at press briefing outlining the paper, CNSA spokesman Zhang Wei said the rockets would be capable of placing 25-tonne payloads into near-Earth orbit.

China holds up its space programme as a symbol of the nation's growing global stature and technical expertise, and of the ruling Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation.

Morris Jones, an independent space expert based in Sydney, told AFP the announcement was significant.

"It's impressive that China's reached that stage with this next round of heavy-lift vehicles, so crucial to reaching their goal of building a space station by 2020," he said.

China's space agency said previously announced plans would go ahead over the next five years, among them establishing a on the southern island of Hainan, launching lunar orbiters and probes and researching a manned moon landing.

The white paper offered no timetable for plans to launch and dock the IX and X rockets onto China's Tiangong-1 experimental space module in 2012. At least one of these rockets is expected to be manned.

In November, the unmanned Shenzhou VIII spacecraft returned to Earth after completing two space dockings with Tiangong-1 in the nation's first ever hard-to-master "space kiss", bringing together two vessels in high speed orbit.

Appearing to try to allay international concerns about China's potential militarisation of space, the agency said China wanted to "utilise outer space for peaceful purposes" -- a claim Morris disputed.

"No nation that has a respectable major space programme has an entirely peaceful programme," he said, noting had tested anti-satellite weapons by blowing up one of its own in 2007.

"The world over, technologies are used for military communications and to deploy spy satellites. China's no different," Jones said.

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omatumr
Dec 29, 2011
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SteveL
4.1 / 5 (9) Dec 29, 2011
Today people here are discouraged, unemployed, surviving on food stamps and/or homeless because industries were closed down to save Earth's climate from the "danger" of CO2 in the atmosphere.

People are discouraged, unemployed, surviving on food stamps and/or homeless due to far more important causes than global warming - which has only recently been an issue. Our troubles are far more complex and varied than any single item source. Global warming has so far had little influence on society and our economy. If you wanted to consider a far more important factor, consider how many items are manufactured outside of your economy - where is the stuff made that you buy? Being an American citizen I do all that I can to ensure I buy items made in the USA and its allies. If my company isn't buying from local producers, they can't buy from my company. It's not really all that complicated.
Husky
3 / 5 (3) Dec 29, 2011
In the Brazillian favellas there is an ongoing experiment with favella cash that can only be used in the hood as to promote reinvestment in the own hood
RonPaul1
1.7 / 5 (11) Dec 29, 2011
The what type of Mongoloids will walk on the moon first? East Asian Sinodonts or Sundadonts?
omatumr
Dec 29, 2011
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Yenaldlooshi
1.3 / 5 (4) Dec 29, 2011
1st noodle shop on the moon! The market will be cornered, and Feng shui may become a problem. Just don't try and claim it for China!
Humpty
1.5 / 5 (8) Dec 29, 2011
Appearing to try to allay international concerns about China's potential militarisation of space, the agency said China wanted to "utilise outer space for peaceful purposes" -- a claim Morris disputed.

American Nazis have that wrapped up - including the propaganda and finger pointing.

Robert Newmans History of Oil
http://video.goog...41878159

The War On Democracy by John Pilger
http://video.goog...29840148

Arsenal of Hypocrisy
http://www.youtub...=related
Skepticus
1 / 5 (1) Dec 30, 2011
The what type of Mongoloids will walk on the moon first? East Asian Sinodonts or Sundadonts?

Who cares about this moronic racist distinction? It will be the kind with cash not squandered to uphold a false manifest destiny. Conversely it is not the kind who squandered borrowed cash to uphold the same. It's the Golden Rule - those who has gold will rule, or as the common saying, money talks, bullshit walks.
SteveL
5 / 5 (5) Dec 30, 2011
Our troubles are far more complex and varied than any single item source.


The Climategate scandal grew like a silent cancer:

http://dl.dropbox...oots.pdf

I don't yet know of a company that has gone out of business due to climate conserns. Pollution yes, but not specifically the climate. However, nearly every city and town has been impacted with closing industries due to outsourcing. Economically climate hasn't been a drop in the bucket by comparison. Get out of your house and drive around some. Businesses have been closed all over the country because we have fallen in love with cheaper rather than better. If we want to be honest, we are the cause of our own economic issues.
FrankHerbert
Dec 30, 2011
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Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (6) Dec 31, 2011
"People are discouraged, unemployed, surviving on food stamps and/or homeless due to far more important causes than global warming" - SteveL

By 2050, most of the U.S. interior will be suffering from a perpetual drought that will reduce U.S. grain production to near zero.

Food stamps won't matter much when you losers won't be able to grow enough food to feed yourselves.
Vendicar_Decarian
1.5 / 5 (8) Dec 31, 2011
"If we want to be honest, we are the cause of our own economic issues." - SteveL

Of course. It is a race to the bottom. The Libertarians who sold you the farm lied to you when they and their worthless Austrian Economists claimed it would not be so.
Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (5) Jan 01, 2012
OmaTard's mental illness continues to grow like a cancer.

"The Climategate scandal grew like a silent cancer" - Omatard
Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (6) Jan 01, 2012
"The what type of Mongoloids will walk on the moon first? East Asian Sinodonts or Sundadonts?" - Ron Paul

Oh, Ronnie, you poopie face. We all know that you aren't a racist. But we all know that your promise to cut 1 trillion in federal spending in your first year will put 30 to 40 million Americans out of work and throw the U.S. into a decades long financial depression.

We the enemies of America, salute you and wish you well in your Libertarian goal of destroying the American state from within.

stripeless_zebra
5 / 5 (1) Jan 02, 2012

People are discouraged, unemployed, surviving on food stamps and/or homeless due to far more important causes than global warming

The what type of Mongoloids will walk on the moon first? East Asian Sinodonts or Sundadonts?

1st noodle shop on the moon!

American Nazis have that wrapped up

By 2050, most of the U.S. interior will be suffering from a perpetual drought that will reduce U.S. grain production to near zero.

OmaTard's mental illness continues to grow like a cancer.

Oh, Ronnie, you poopie face.

We the enemies of America, salute you and wish you well in your Libertarian goal of destroying the American state from within.


Americans discussing the future of our Space Program:)
In the meantime in China... they're getting ready for the next launch.
rawa1
1 / 5 (3) Jan 02, 2012
because industries were closed down to save Earth's climate from the "danger" of CO2 in the atmosphere.
It's complete utter propagandistic BS - the carbon emissions are raising all the time and the financial crisis (initiated with fossil fuel crisis and expensive war in Iraq) is the reason of industry stagnation, not vice-versa.

BTW I'm not proponent of AGW at all (in my opinion it's of geothermal origin), but if we will not replace the oil with cold fusion fast, we will face a much more expensive and serious conflict, than the Iraq war.