Ragnvald Irgens: China—An Emerging Space Power


In the first century A.D., the Chinese reportedly had a simple form of gunpowder made from saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal dust, and by the 11^th century they had constructed a simple form of solid-propellant rocket, the “arrows of flying fire”, that was used in warfare. According to legend there were also experiments with using rockets as a means of transportation.

Modern China’s “long march” towards space starts back in the 1950s with the establishment of a space program. We will look at what China has accomplished in space the last 60 years and speculate on what their plans for the future might be.

Publisert 14. jan. 2011 15:36