China: February 2009 Archives

Rohrabacher Condemns European Satellite Company's Use of Chinese Rockets Calls China "Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferator"

"Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued the following remarks during today's Science and Technology Full Committee hearing on the "Impacts of U.S. Export Control Policies on Science and Technology Activities and Competitiveness." Rep. Rohrabacher specifically addressed his concerns regarding the recent announcement of an agreement between European satellite operator Eutelstat and the Peoples Republic of China to use Chinese rockets to launch private communications satellites. Since 1998, U.S. export controls have prohibited the use of Chinese rockets to launch satellites containing American made parts."

Asia's Space Race

India approves 1.7bn plan to launch astronauts as Asian space race hots up, Times Online

"ISRO has also been lobbying for years to secure government funding for its plans to send an astronaut into space by 2014 - eleven years after China - and to the Moon by 2020, four years ahead of China's target date. Critics say ISRO's plans are a waste of money in a country where the 76 per cent of the population of 1.1 billion live on less than $2 a day, and child malnutrition levels are on a par with sub-Saharan Africa. But ISRO argues that India makes money from commercial satellite launches, and scientific research from the space programme has helped to develop its information technology industry. Indian officials, especially in the military, are also concerned that India lags far behind China, which shot down a satellite in 2007 and completed its first space walk last year."

Shenzhou VII, BX-1, and ISS

China microsat approaches the ISS, AGI

"The astronauts on board China's third manned space mission deployed a microsat (BX-1) from their Shenzhou VII spacecraft. After release, the BX-1 came within 23km of the International Space Station (ISS). To experience how this mission unfolded, please review one of the following resources ..."

Editor's note: Looking at the video, I guess you could say that Shenzhou VII "approached ISS too".



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