China's counterspace strategy is based on taking advantage of not only its own strengths but also the weaknesses of its potential adversaries. They could use a new threat to achieve their ultimate goal of deterring U.S. military intervention in the Asia-Pacific theater and could accomplish this without firing a shot.
Beijing this month hosted the Global Space Exploration Conference, GLEX 2017, an occasion which China used effectively to declare its goals for space and call for further engagement with the space community. The event was the perfect setting, with around 1,000 participants, including heads of agencies, industry representatives, scientists and policy makers in attendance.
Chinese engineers are wrapping up work on the Chang’e-5 lunar mission for a targeted November launch atop a Long March 5 booster. It will depart from the newly completed Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China’s Hainan Province. If successful, this robotic mooncraft would carry the first lunar samples returned to Earth in over 40 years.
This month, the U.S. Department of Defense released its annual report to Congress on Chinese military and security developments. The report reflects the official views of DoD and the U.S. intelligence community on the state of the Chinese military and Chinese security activities. Its issuance has been protested annually by the People’s Republic of China as furthering perceptions of a “China threat.”
Officials did not provide additional details about the satellite's orbit, but did state that the satellite had deployed its solar panels and was functioning normally.
Opposition MPs in the House of Commons are accusing the Liberal Party government of turning a blind eye to national security after it approved the sale of Norsat International to Hytera Communications Corp. of Shenzhen.
Chinese officials said they are planning four crewed missions over the course of five years as assembly of the country's first permanent space station begins in 2019.
The Tianzhou-1 spacecraft successfully transferred propellant to the Tiangong-2 module this week.
It's the first in a new line of spacecraft designed to eventually support a Chinese space station.
The spacecraft, also known as ChinaSat-16, will test Ka-band communications and other spacecraft technologies.
China is pushing forward on a number of space fronts, including milestone-making robotic missions to the moon, as well as scoping out an automated Mars sample--return mission by 2030.
A leading official in China’s lunar and Mars exploration program was reportedly denied a visa by the United States to attend a scientific conference here this week.