New Space Race: China well on its way to Launching 20 Spacecrafts in 2018
China well on its way to launching 20 spacecrafts in 2018
As science and technology funding for NASA and private space firms has been given a back seat by the Trump administration, our greatest economic competitors China’s Space program is flourishing.China is well on its way to launching 20 spacecrafts this year, including the country’s third lunar probe Chang’e-3 and manned spacecraft Shenzhou-10, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) announced Wednesday.
The country is scheduled to conduct a manned space docking test between orbiting module Tiangong-1 and Shenzhou-10, the corporation said during an internal work conference on Wednesday.
According to CASC, by 2020, China will have more than 200 spacecrafts operating in orbit, accounting for about 25 percent of the world’s total.