China unveils new ‘Heavenly Palace space station

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It sent up the Tiangong-1, the country's first prototype space lab, in September 2011, where it spent almost seven years in space before plunging back to Earth in April this year amid claims that China had lost control of the station. They will be able to conduct research in the field of science, biology or micro-gravity.

China just showed the world that it's upping its space exploration game with the introduction of the Tiangong Space Station.

Step forward China. China already has experience with Earth-orbiting space stations.

China's "Heavenly Palace" Space Station, which boasts a 17-meter-wide core module, besides the other compartments of the station, wants to replace the International Space Station when it is gone.

The release of the footage celebrates the 18th anniversary of humans living continuously aboard the station, and the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first two space station elements in 1998.

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Institutes, universities, and public and private companies were invited to submit projects. The country's state media reported that China had received around 40 plans from 27 countries and regions. "The ability to put payloads and experiments on a human spaceflight platform is extremely valuable", also said Bill Ostrove, a space analyst at the US-based Forecast International Consultancy. "Many countries, and increasingly private companies and universities, have space programmes, but can not afford to build their own space station".

Despite the rivalry between Beijing and Washington, engaged in a trade war, a spationaut american could even one day work on board the CSS. "But not sure that the u.s. Congress is of the same opinion", says Mr. Chen. It is set to operate for about 15 years, according to the China Academy of Space Technology, developer of the station.

The company SpaceX Elon musk will orbit the satellite, which is seen from Earth is its only goal. "Despite a lot of talk of the opposite, the United States remains the most dominant power in space right now", Ostrove said.

"The private companies that hold a growing place in the market space". "The most likely scenario for the future is that China will emerge as one of the major space powers", he said. "It will therefore be hard for one or two countries or companies to dominate the sector in the same way that the United States were during the cold War", the judge said it.

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