Friday, April 23, 2010

China Open to Human Space Flight Cooperation

Aviation Week reports that the China Manned Space Engineering Office "is prepared to cooperate across the board on human spaceflight with NASA and other agencies, including joint human missions and unpiloted logistics with the 5.5-ton-payload-capacity cargo vehicle it plans to test after 2014-16."

"We think that a joint spaceflight mission, joint development of space equipment and also joint utilization of space platforms are the most possible field to carry out discussion at the moment," [Wang Wenbao, head of the China Manned Space Engineering Office Wang] says.

This is more evidence of what I've written before. I think the cost of space exploration is so high for governments that it will force them into more international cooperation, such as the International Space Station partnership.

This follows a suggestion by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that an international space summit be held to coordinate efforts by spacefaring nations. The Obama administration has made it clear that they favor more international partnerships in space exploration.

Nothing is mentioned about the claim by some that China is about to go to the Moon. As I've written before, all they have is a study.

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