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China unveils new Heavenly Palace space station


The crowds of Airshow China are gathered around a cylindrical module representing the livelihood and livelihood of Tiangong or the Heavenly Palace. This replica of the first permanent space station

Posted November 6, 2018 8:04 PM

Updated November 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm

Fin. The model of Taikonou will be put on top of the partial model of the China space station on November 6, 2018 at Zhuhai 's Air Show China 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao / AFP

Fin. The model of Taikonou will be put on top of the partial model of the China space station on November 6, 2018 at Zhuhai 's Air Show China 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao / AFP

On Tuesday, November 6, China unveiled a replica of the first permanent space station to replace the laboratory that changes the orbit of the international community, which represents a major ambition beyond the earth.

The 17-meter core module was selected as the star attraction for the main aircraft industry show at Airshow China, the main coastal space city in Zhuhai.

China's J-10 fighter jets and J-20 stealth fighters surprised the crowd across the Zhuhai sky. Inside, the nation exhibited unmanned aircraft and other military equipment.

The crowd gathered around a cylindrical space station module representing the residence and workplace of Tiangong or "Heavenly Palace" to mount solar panels with two different modules for scientific experiments.

Three astronauts will be permanently deployed in the 60-ton turnaround laboratory, allowing crew members to conduct biological and microgravity studies.

The General Assembly is scheduled to be completed around 2022 and the station's life span is about 10 years.

The International Space Station, a partnership between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan, has been in operation since 1998, but will retire in 2024.

China is much smaller than the ISS, which weighs 400 tons and is as big as a football pitch, but it will have the only space station in orbit.

Billions of dollars spent

In May, it announced that it would open its labs to "all countries" to carry out scientific experiments.

"China must use its base in a similar way that ISS partners use outposts as a platform for research, technology and deep space exploration," said Chen Lan, an analyst at Program professional website.

Research institutes, universities, and public and private companies were invited to propose projects. 40 plans from 27 countries and regions were received by the national press.

The European Space Agency (ESA) dispatched an astronaut to China to prepare for work at the Chinese space station when the astronaut fires.

"Over time, China will develop partnerships successfully," said Bill Ostrove, a space analyst with Forecast International consultancy in the United States.

"Many countries and more and more private companies and universities have space plans, but there is no way to build their own space station," he said.

"The ability to put payloads and experiments on a human space plane platform is very important."

Beijing has poured billions of dollars into an army – run space program with plans to send humans to the moon in the near future.

US Secretary of Defense Donald Trump announced plans to create a new "space force" in the universe over China, using China as a threat.

Various space markets

But China's space program has suffered some flaws.

The space lab, nicknamed Tiangong-1, was dismantled as it fell to Earth in early April, two years after it stopped operating.

Chinese officials denied that the laboratory, which was in orbit in September 2011, was not controlled as a permanent laboratory test site.

The second laboratory, Tiangong-2, entered orbit in 2016.

"Despite a lot of opposition stories, the US remains the most dominant force in the universe now," Ostrove said.

"The most likely scenario for the future is that China will emerge as one of the major space powers," he said.

But Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and India will continue to play an important role in space exploration, and private companies are becoming increasingly important in this field, Ostrove added.

"The space market is becoming more diverse, so it will be difficult for one or two countries or companies to dominate the field like the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War," he said. –

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