China plans Space Station by 2020

Amazing, China plans to build a rival to the International Space Station, and aims to have it in orbit by 2020. I say amazing, as it’s less than 10 years ago that China put a human in space. You have to wonder which country will be the first to walk on the surface of Mars?

Visitors to the Airshow China exhibition look at a model of the Tiangong-1 space station

Visitors to the Airshow China exhibition look at a model of the Tiangong-1 space station

China laid out plans for its future in space yesterday, unveiling details of an ambitious new space station to be built in orbit within a decade.

The project, which one Nasa adviser describes as a “potent political symbol”, is the latest phase in China’s rapidly developing space programme. It is less than a decade since China put a human into orbit for the first time, and three years since its first spacewalk.

The space station will weigh around 60 tonnes and consist of a core module with two laboratory units for experiments, according to the state news agency, Xinhua.

Officials have asked the public to suggest names and symbols for the unit and for a cargo spacecraft that will serve it.

Source: China unveils rival to International Space Station and the World Wide Web!

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