The Planetary Exploration of China program, also known as Tīanwen, intends to start journey on Mars. The Red Planet is just the first on the list of candidate planets in China’s research program. CNSA plans to further include Jupiter and other planets of the Solar System in this list.
Jupiter is truly huge. It is the solar system’s largest planet, with a mass 2.5 times greater than the mass of all the other seven planets combined. In this article, we will analyze how humanity has explored Jupiter and discuss plans to study it in the near future.
Chinese space has already cleared the escape velocity. This is clearly visible through the prism of China’s lunar and Mars programs. These planetary missions are now a showcase for the effectiveness of Beijing’s space policy. Today we will talk about the Chinese lunar program.
We have already talked about orbital settlement projects and a space elevator that a planetary-scale civilization could implement. In the last part of our series, we consider astrostructures which could be built by a civilization that has mastered all the resources of its star system.
In order to start large-scale extraction of the Moon, humanity will have to build a full-fledged industry there, which involves the transportation of a large amount of cargo. The use of traditional chemical rockets is extremely expensive. Fortunately, humanity knows about a space elevator.
New millennium was a golden time for the PRC’s space program. China invested in the creation of space technologies similar to those already existing in the West. Their strategy of borrowing turned out successfully. China has its own analogue of GPS, its own ISS, and a future alternative to Starlink
Since its launch in 1956, the space program of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has come a long way. The country’s first satellite launch in 1970 and subsequent decades of relative calm made China the most ambitious outsider in the space sector of the second half of the 20th century.
This state of the NewSpace market is a great opportunity for start-ups that provide components for propulsion, optical and SAR satellites, and develop their AI-based data processing solutions. Analysts from Noosphere Ventures have assembled the main events of the first half of 2023.
Military testing of Starlink began back in 2018, a year before the constellation’s first satellites were launched into orbit. The Pentagon has kept a close eye on its developments from the start, and SpaceX has apparently been waiting for Starlink to become strong enough for the military.
Everything started for Starlink in 2014. Elon Musk envisioned a constellation of 700 relay satellites placed in low Earth orbit (LEO). They could cover the entire Earth with a broadband Internet signal. With his own return rockets Musk was the first to make it a reality.