Sadly it takes international rivalry to do anything significant with space exploration.
This. All I see is a budget expansion for NASA.
I have a hard time seeing this as a bad development. Sure, there are also worries about countries developing the ability to sabotage satellites, but China certainly doesn’t need to develop a space station or send probes to the Moon or Mars to achieve military capabilities. And if China has a vested interest in the sanctity of satellites and spacecraft perhaps, as the article suggests, they will learn to be good space citizens.
Honestly they are not moving as fast as they seem to think they are. This is somewhat more advanced than Salyut 7. But it is nothing on the complexities of the 20 year old ISS. Now their supposed rival, the US is planning a space station orbiting the Moon.
China didn't have captured Nazi scientists helping spearhead their space program.
In China's defence, they've largely built this on their own. The ISS was largely a caloboration of many different nations and its highly unlikely the US would have done it themselves. As much as I dislike China politically I still think what they've achieved here is worthy of respect.
China doesn’t believe they “are moving fast as they think as they think they are”. It’s the west that puts this label on china. Mainly due, I imagine, to the fear western media tries to create about anything china related.
Their technology is garbage. Granted, Soviet Union technology was garbage, and look what they managed to do by sheer will. Ultimately, they will arrive at diminishing returns on their technology just as the Soviet Union did and for similar reasons. No one on Reddit likes to admit it, but a free society and innovative ideas are inextricably linked.
I'd love to know how Chang'e is considered "garbage" when they landed it on the fucking moon and brought back samples.
Competition is good, no matter what country dose it.
Some of you see the word China and start gnashing your teeth into your keyboards.
we're in another Cold War and the rule is denigrate any accomplishments by your competitors and celebrate their misfortunes.
Good. About time we got something to put a boot in the US governments ass when it comes to funding.
China being the manufacturing capital of the world and also looking to invest in space flight can only be a good thing for the future.