19 July 2019
Marsha Freeman is analysing in her article for the "Executive Intelligence Review" the history and development of China's Lunar Exploration Programme - CLEP. She is explaining the motivations and ambitions which drove China to take on lunar exploration and she gives an outlook what the country will gain from science and technology conducted on the Moon.
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19 July 2019
Justin Key Canfil is a PhD Candidate in Columbia University’s Department of Political Science is conducting research on how media and the public in the US are reflecting on China's space activities. He argues that those reflections are not in line with the current "hawkish discourse on space competition" in political or institutional language in the US: "...the evidence suggests that other states’ successes have the potential to bridge divides by building mutual respect, even when tensions run hot."
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20 July 2019
An interesting read is this article from 23 April 2016 which outlines the early efforts and the political context of the beginnings of China's space programme.
"In 1957 and 1958, the Soviet Union and the United States each launched their first satellites, officially starting a space race. Mao Zedong was quick to pronounce, "We too shall make satellites." Members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences scrambled to turn those words into reality. They aimed to launch their first probe in 1960. Publicly, few at the time deemed the goal far-fetched. But it was the Great Leap Forward, a period of exaggerated agricultural and industrial ambitions."
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19 July 2019
By the end of 2019, Brazil and China will launch CBERS-4a, the sixth satellite in the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS) programme that this year celebrates 20 years since the first, CBERS-1, was sent to space. Using data from CBERS satellites, the Brazilian National Space Research Institute (INPE) announced recently that deforestation rates in the Amazon rose 88% between June 2018 and the same month this year, the highest in years.
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20 July 2019
CNN reviews the progress China has made during the last decades. The report looks at the advancement of China's lunar exploration programme and the emerge of its commercial space sector. And it puts the question on the table where will the development lead to. Blaine Curcio, founder of Hong Kong-based space industry research firm Orbital Gateway Consulting tells CNN: "The implication is that, if they keep getting better at scale, they are probably going to be come the leading power at some point. It's just a matter of time."
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