30 December 2009

China Accelerates Space Research and Development

Craig Covault, China Accelerates Space Research and Development,” Spaceflight Now, 29 December 2009.

… Chinese small and mini spacecraft carry great technological importance in overall Chinese military spacecraft development, according to Andrew S. Erickson of the U.S. Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island. Thousands of personnel are involved in overall Chinese small satellite development because the Chinese see these small payloads as a way to overcome technology shortfalls versus the U.S. They can be easily reconstituted if lost in space and are cheap to build. …