(HorizonPost.com) – The International Space Station (ISS) is the result of the cooperation between many countries, including Russia and the United States – excluding China. Late last week, the communist country said it plans to complete construction on its own space station by the end of 2022, making it the only one owned by a single government. Not only that, but the Asian nation also intends to launch about 40 missions into the stratosphere this year, which is in pace with the United States.
Unfortunately, General David Thompson of the US Space Force stated in early December that China is currently building its capabilities in space at twice the pace of the United States and could surpass us by the end of the decade.
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) January 6, 2022
On January 6, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) allegedly used a large robotic space arm in space to move a 20-ton cargo ship in orbit. If it’s true, that feat is the first of its kind. Reports say the advancement of China’s space program also includes hypersonic missile testing. Although the country denied the accusation, in October 2021, China allegedly tried to launch the advanced missile technology which can travel virtually undetected at five times the speed of sound.
With a view of the world from space, advancing technology, a space place to dock, and communication satellites powering much of the world from the stratosphere, the stakes are high for the United States to get ahead and stay there.
Copyright 2022, HorizonPost.com