China to Use Space Station to Detect Nuclear SubmarinePosted: October 18, 2016
China’s space program is obviously both military and civilian with astronauts from ranking PLA officers, but how will China use its space station for military purpose?
SCMP says in its report today titled “Is China’s latest space mission a step towards PLA tracking of nuclear submarines?”, “Chinese scientists are working on a space-based device that could track gravitational ripples produced by submerged submarines”
China’s space laboratory is carrying world first cold atomic clock.
SCMP says, “The ultra-accurate timepiece shares its core technology with cold atom interferometers, which can measure tiny changes in gravitational pull with unprecedented sensitivity, and one of the devices, to be built and put on the Chinese space station, could potentially be used to track nuclear submarines.”
In fact, US government space agency NASA is also closely linked with US military, but unlike China, it is not under direct control of the military. I should say that China’s space program is first of all for national security and defense.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2028686/chinas-latest-space-mission-step-towards-pla-tracking