China is on the verge of tackling future space travel by coming up with a next-generation space vehicle that will enable humans to travel to the moon and also other deep-space destinations.
The tech-based country joined the big wigs in 2003 with its space mission that saw the launch of astronauts Yang Liwei in a spacecraft called the Shenzhou-5. While planning to start building it’s modular space station soon, the country is optimistic that they will be able to handle future space missions to the moon and beyond.
We caught a glimpse at the new generation human-crewed space vehicle capable of traveling into deep space in a previously uploaded video from the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a state-owned spacecraft and satellite manufacturer.
The spacecraft comes with two modules, a crew and service module. The dual moduled design is expected to provide propulsion, power the ship, and maintain the life suppose if the crew aboard. It stands at 9metres off the ground and weights 20metric tons at liftoff. The vehicle was fitted with a partially reusable module.
Meanwhile, the spacecraft module designed to enable changes that will meet the design of the mission. Chinas go to spacecraft is currently Shenzhou, which weighs 7.8metric tons for 3manned missions to Low Earth Orbit. Even so, the Shenzhou was not made to withstand the harsh radiation-emitting environment in deep space, neither can it hold up with rapid reemergence back into the atmosphere phone to such missions.
National Security affairs professor at the Nav War College in Newport, Joan Johnson, commended Chinas step. He also assured that the United States went fast in the space race, but China opted for a slow, methodical approach. The US, however, is set to unveil new programs that will achieve significant exploration feats should they succeed.
NASA is on the Origin spacecraft designed for deep space travel. The option will feature the Europes service module.
American based technology company SpaceX is developing on an entirely reusable launch system that would help in colonizing Mars.
Chinas Shenzhou is structured to launch its first unmanned test flight in early 2020; The is planned to be on Long March 5Bs launch. The launch schedule is, however, dependent on the relaunch of the Long March 5.
In its schedule, China is set to launch their planned station on the Long March 5 in low earth orbit, and plan to start developing the station staring with the Tianhe core module.