News Update: The Rise of China and the Global Space Race

News Update: The Rise of China and the Global Space Race

Is China really going to Jupiter? We’ve got all that and more.  As commercial and government space programs continue to overlap, China seems particularly worried about SpaceX.  According to China Military Online, an official website linked to China’s Central Military Commission, Elon Musk’s SpaceX might be used by the “hegemony-obsessed US” to dominate space and […]

NEWS REPORT: ASAT Testing Ban/Chinese AI Update

NEWS REPORT: ASAT Testing Ban/Chinese AI Update

They say “what goes up must come down.” Well, at least they used to…  Beginning with the United States space program, Kamala Harris announced that the United States will stop conducting anti-satellite tests. Anti-satellite (or ASAT) tests are exercises using ground-based missiles to eliminate satellite crafts orbiting the earth. Vice President Harris serves as the […]

Amateur Astronomers Track China’s Lunar Activity

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Smile payload module travels to China

Smile payload module travels to China

Following a successful test campaign in Europe, the structural thermal model of the Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer (Smile)’s payload module will soon be delivered to China to complete the qualification of the satellite. Smile is a joint mission between ESA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and will aim to build a more complete […]

Red Moon Rising

Red Moon Rising

It’s been a big year for China. In 2021, it achieved an average of more than one launch per week for the first time in its orbital spaceflight history, making it the busiest year for its space program to date. We watched the country pass many milestones from successfully landing its first rover on Mars […]

Hypersonic Space Test Fuels Sino-American Arms Race

Hypersonic Space Test Fuels Sino-American Arms Race

“We need to recognize that we can no longer operate in the somewhat static ‘spy vs spy’ conditions of the Cold War and that we are dealing with a technologically advanced and ever-adapting adversary who has both the know-how and funding to continually push us on every front,” former Pentagon official Doug Loverro said.

Adversaries Capitalize While US Debates Space as Critical Infrastructure, Panelists Say

Adversaries Capitalize While US Debates Space as Critical Infrastructure, Panelists Say

The United States is still in the discussion phase of whether or not space systems should be considered a critical infrastructure sector, while adversary China reportedly tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, Dr. Dawn Beyer, Lockheed Martin senior fellow, said Tuesday during the Value of Space Summit hosted by Space ISAC and The Aerospace Corporation.