Sunday, March 7, 2010

Report: China Studies Moon Rocket

China launches a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on October 15, 2003.

Aviation Week reports that "China is studying the design of a Moon rocket in the class of the Saturn V, as the Obama administration proposes canceling the U.S. successor to the Apollo launcher, Ares V."

"Studying" is a long way from "going."

The article concludes:

"... [T]he payload of the Moon rocket has not been defined, which seems to suggest that the achievable launcher technology will determine the scope of the mission, rather than the desired mission determining the performance of the rocket."

Aviation Week also notes that, "The Chinese government has not authorized a manned Moon mission, but it is clear the country’s space sector is at least being allowed to prepare for one."

So the next time someone tells you that Obama has turned over the Moon to the Chinese, you can respond that China hasn't even authorized a Moon program, much less built the rocket. It's all theoretical.

1 comment:

  1. Well, once upon a time.. America was TRULY an interplanetary society. And - we even brought along our cars..! There was a time, and I surely well remember, when it was ALMOST routine to announce - 'Next week me and (so-in-so) will be touring Hadley Rille'.. and then do it..! With precision.

    We also had a wonderful space station.. in 1973..!!! The special interests of course, had other ideas. Von Braun also was confident of going to Mars. Plans were well along for manned visits in the 1980s.

    The shuttle - it was designed to be a much better vehicle than Nixon & co. foisted upon America. Blame Nixon & the.. 'special interests' for destroying our once great space-faring.. science oriented nation. No more industry. No more 'education first' populace. No more future oriented America. Just a vulgar, ignorant populace. In thralldom. Circling the drain, into the 'new' dark age..