The People's Republic of China will go it alone to assemble a small manned space station in orbit this decade, according to plans announced by officials yesterday. The China Daily reports on a news conference held by the PRC's Manned Space Engineering Office, the arm of the People's Liberation Army* responsible for Chinese …
No mentioning of cheaper and better US products?
This can't be Lewis! He didn't even mention aircraft carriers which would make a better investment than a space station.
Given that this is a Chineese station
I guess calling it "Steven Colbert" is out of the question?
(How about a el reg contest to name the thing?)
Arthur was right..
Arthur C Clarke prediicted that China would be the leaders in space travel and even in the colonisation of the Moon and Mars in his book 2061 Odessy 3.
While western governments count their coffers and rest their laurels upon the emerging aerospace private sector to provide alternate transportation methods for delivering payloads, the Chinese will quietly catch up and pass NASA and ESA within the next 10-15 years..
Watch this space, or space in general...
Wee Fli Hi?
Flo ting Hi?
Two Wangs don't make a right
I think you'll find that Wenbao is Wang Wenbao's given name, and you should really be referring to him as Wang instead.
Unless, of course, Lewis is on first-name terms with the head of China's version of NASA.
Happy Lucky Space Station #1
Semi-Autonomous Space Vehicle of Irony
The People's Future Accidental Re-entry Vehicle of Sunshine
I wish them all the luck in the world...
but for some strange reason I keep thinking:
Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
Guess I'll go eat worms,
Long, thin, slimy ones; Short, fat, juicy ones,
Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms.
I suggest they call it SONY - it will then install a rootkit on the ISS as it passes, accidentally broadcast all the addresses and credit card details of the entire 1.3 billion Chinese population before hitting a satellite and crashing into a Japanese nuclear power station after failing to burn up in the atmosphere.
I vote for Tiananmen Square space station.
'Heavenly peace' does indeed sound like a fitting and well-wishing name for a space station, a symbol of peaceful space exploration and the combined effort in advancing humanity as a species. Knowing China, they may as well go full Orwellian and call it just that.
Men means gate.
So Tian'an would be the correct name.
Personally I'd go with tian shang (above heaven) for the symmetry with tian xia (Below heaven, often used to mean the world or China.)
China launches Long Dong rocket
Just what are the Chinese compensating for here?
had a student called Quing Dong.
North Korea and Kim Jong-il flashed the Long Dong.
I just keep wondering if the ISS can grab a quick take away Chinese dinner.
J Michael got here first
Skylab -> Mir -> ISS -> Babylon 4
"small manned ... "
That is all.
"World Domination 1"
And you thought their (attempted) stranglehold on the WWW was bad, wait till you get a load of the floating oppression machine!
Re: "Small manned"
You missed a bit. If its small manned and being launched by the Chinese, surely it would be Red Dwarf?
But would they have to change the bulb to step up to red alert?
yep, took my eye off the thribble ...
An excellent and inventive suggestion, sir.
"the mere fact of the PLA being in charge doesn't lend the Chinese space programme a particularly military character."
...but it does not discount it either, does it?
Tomorrow, the moon.
Little Red Books on Mars by Friday.
I don't care what it is called.
Just keep my cat away from it.
Thing is, China is yet to experience the economic crash. Once there, prospects may change.
Ce tee Ai Pah Fyve
Peoples Liberation Spacestation
Your old mother
Perfect name for it. Needs two more labs added on the sides so that the middle finger symbolism of it is clearer. Every ninety minutes it passes over Washington...
Names, names names...
The Long Dong Space Station?
Seriously though who's going to work on a space station with made in China stamped all over it?
You can already see Foxconn workers building the modules on their assembly lines.
Maybe they'll get Rickrolled.
It'd be fun to see the first space Chinese space station called "Never Gonna Give You Up".
Would it take the People's Libration Army...
...to launch their space station into a Trojan Point orbit?
Since when does the Chinese government ask the opinion of its citizens?
Excellent, I look forward to a space race so I can witness some planet landings in my life time!
Obviously it should be called, "China Fuck Yeah!"
What orbit will it be in?
There has been some vague mumbling about this station being used to support moon landing missions. Does anybody know if this is going to be put into something close to an equatorial orbit, or matching the plane of the lunar orbit, or anything else that is sensible?
Both Mir and the ISS were crippled for any use as a staging post for long range missions due to being in stupid orbits - both with very high inclination so that they pass over Baikonur, so that Soyuz launches could reach them.
The orbit of Mir was chosen because the launcher couldn't get it into any more sensible plane. The orbit of the ISS was chosen for political reasons, to keep the Russians happy.
Hopefully the Chinese won't be doing either of those things.
"The orbit of the ISS was chosen for political reasons, to keep the Russians happy."
Else we'd have to abandon it pretty soon now.
Y'all are missing an important point....
Which is that the chinese expressed an interest in hooking up with ISS and were rebuffed on the bases of their technology not being up to snuff.
It's hardly surprising they decided to put their own station up after that - and without even referring to Clarke & Heinlein's predictions that china would rule the skies, I've been fully expecting the chinese to be the first nation establishing a long-term presence on the moon ever since they announced their intention to do so some time back - simply because they tend to follow through on such announcements (unlike the USA, which lost its urge to go back even before GeeDubya was ousted.)
The only question is how the chinese intend to go there. The gobi desert is rather large, high altitude, sparsely inhabited with not much population downwind == a good candidate for an orion-class launcher to lift from.
Where are they running those hypermodern railway systems to?
Hey... how about "ISS"...?
For "International Space Sweatshop"?
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