Home » World » United States a little unhappy with China’s aerospace prowess | Blog post February 18, 2022
Last year, China’s space program achieved several record-breaking achievements. Compared to the United States, space power, our performance was too outstanding, which raised doubts in the United States and the West, and even pointed out that China had pushed the Asia-Pacific geopolitics towards the space.
China Aerospace Science and Technology Group recently held a press conference on the Blue Book of China Aerospace Science and Technology Activities (2021) and introduced the group’s space missions in 2022. It is a very large central enterprise committed in the design, manufacture, launch and maintenance of the aerospace industry. Its activity includes the launching of spacecraft, various artificial satellites, etc. The “Shenzhou” series of manned spacecraft and the “Long March” launch vehicle series are the company’s logo products.
The preface to the Blue Book lays out the space plan for 2021: “China has carried out 55 space launches throughout the year, ranking first in the world for the number of launches, and the quantity and quality of spacecraft payloads. launch continue to set new records; five missions of the key technology verification phase of the Chinese space station have been completed and are in orbit. Assembly and construction are in full swing. Then, of course, we will introduce China’s finest Mars project, “Tianwen-1” – a circumnavigation, orbit and patrol to complete China’s first Mars exploration mission – a whimsical style reminiscent of the difficult movements of Winter Olympics for skiing events.
The Blue Book shows that in 2021, the global aerospace industry will show a vigorous development trend. “Annual aerospace launch activities reached a record high and breakthroughs were achieved in various fields. The ability to enter space, use space, and explore space continued to improve. In 2021, a total of 146 launch missions will be carried out worldwide, the highest number of launches since 1957; The total number of spacecraft reached 1,846, a record and the most since the retirement of the Space Shuttle.
In 2021, China’s space launch activities will carry out a total of 55 launch missions, ranking first in the world for the number of launches, and the total mass of the spacecraft launched will reach a new high, exceeding 190 tons, or an increase of 85.5. % from year to year. Among them, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s Long March series of launch vehicles have completed 48 launch missions, all of which were successful, ranking the world’s leading aerospace enterprises in the number of launches, with a total of 103 spacecraft launched with a total mass of 190 tons.
After reading the figures above, there is only one important point. Last year, China won the most gold medals in the world’s space program and the winner of the most records. Although the United States is firmly in second place, it has been difficult to keep up with China in terms of quantity and quality. However, the United States did not congratulate China, but rather felt strongly dissatisfied.
The BBC’s Chinese website reported: “China’s space program has been closely watched internationally, particularly by the United States. In the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States had no competitors in space and remained in a dominant position. But in recent years, the United States has had watchers and politicians repeatedly warn that China is rapidly developing its own space capabilities and that American dominance is being challenged by China. The point is: “American analysts once described that China’s establishment of a manned space station would bring China and the United States closer together. nations competing economically, technologically and geopolitically to push into space.
The Blue Book revealed that this year’s launch plan also includes the first launch of the Long March-6A launcher and several commercial launchers. The Long March-6A medium-sized carrier rocket is the first solid-liquid mixed-fuel rocket developed by China. It is planned to fly for the first time in 2020, but the first flight has been postponed to this year. Another bright spot is the high-speed communications satellite, which China has successfully launched twice this year, including the 13 test satellite launched on Jan. 17 with the Long March-2D carrier rocket, which the Administration says National Space Agency of China, is a “spaceship”. The “Environmental Sensing and Related Technology Experiments” satellites will “greatly promote China’s satellite communication technology.”
According to Xinhua News Agency, China plans to use this high-speed communication satellite to form a high-speed mobile communication system with satellites in the next three years, covering most areas and offshore waters. , in aircraft cabins, on high-speed trains, and in remote areas. The mountainous region offers convenient high-speed internet access. China’s space program aims to improve scientific research and development as well as people’s livelihood. However, the United States sees it as a potential military space force. China’s “Shijhi-21” satellite, which previously dragged a failed Beidou navigation satellite out of geosynchronous orbit, has been shut down. The US space commander described it as an “offensive weapon” capable of capturing enemy satellites.
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation has an “excellent” project that is not registered in the Blue Book. It and two other Chinese companies are accused of “proliferating missile technology” and have become the target of US sanctions! He was speechless and only applauded.