China Displays Its Mature Anti-satellite Capabilities


Long March-7 rocket carrying Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft lifts off from the launching pad in Wenchang, Hainan province, China April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

In our space era, satellites are indispensable in war; therefore anti-satellite (ASAT) and anti-ASAT capabilities are vital to China’s national security.

The successful unmanned docking of China’s cargo spacecraft with its orbiting space laboratory Tiangong-2 displays China’s mature ASAT capabilities. It shows that China can send an anti-satellite spaceship accurately to an enemy satellite and neutralize it. The space ship may carry 6 tons of equipment and remain in space for 3 months with 2 tons of fuel. In a war, it will thus be able to keep on neutralizing enemy old and new satellites for at least 3 months.

Reuters says in its report yesterday on China’s cargo spacecraft titled “China’s first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting space lab”, “Despite the advances in China’s space program for military, commercial and scientific purposes, China still lags behind the United States and Russia.” However, as long as China has caught up with and even surpassed the US in ASAT and anti-ASAT capabilities in its space technology, it has achieved its essential goal in developing space technology for its national security.

With such technology, the US has to think twice before attacking China.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which is reblogged below:

China’s first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting space lab

China’s first cargo spacecraft docked successfully with the Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, marking a major step toward Beijing’s goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.

President Xi Jinping has prioritised advancing China’s space program to strengthen national security.

The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft made the automated docking process with the orbiting space lab after it had taken off on Thursday evening from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in the southern island province of Hainan.

The Tiangong-2 space laboratory, or “Heavenly Palace 2”, was home to two astronauts for a month last October in China’s longest ever manned space mission.

The cargo spacecraft mission provides an “important technological basis” to build a Chinese space station, state media have said. It can reportedly carry 6 tonnes of goods, 2 tonnes of fuel and can fly unmanned for three months.

Despite the advances in China’s space program for military, commercial and scientific purposes, China still lags behind the United States and Russia.

In late 2013, China’s Jade Rabbit rover landed on the Moon to great national fanfare, but ran into severe technical difficulties.

The U.S. Defense Department has highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed at preventing other nations from using space-based assets in a crisis.

China insists it has only peaceful ambitions in space, but has tested anti-satellite missiles.

(Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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China launches first cargo spacecraft as part of space station goal


Long March-7 rocket and Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft are seen as they are transferred to a launching spot in Wenchang, Hainan province, China, April 17, 2017. China Daily/via REUTERS

China launched its first cargo spacecraft on Thursday, taking another step towards its goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.

President Xi Jinping has prioritized advancing China’s space program to strengthen national security.

The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft lifted off early evening on a Long March-7 Y2 rocket from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in the southern island province of Hainan.

State television broadcast the launch live.

The spacecraft is designed to dock with the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, or “Heavenly Palace 2”, where two astronauts spent a month last October in China’s longest ever manned space mission.

The cargo spacecraft mission will provide an “important technological basis” for the construction of China’s space station, according to state media.

The spacecraft can carry 6 tonnes of goods, 2 tonnes of fuel and can fly unmanned for three months, state media said.

Despite the advances in its space program for military, commercial and scientific purposes, China still lags behind the United States and Russia.

In late 2013, China’s Jade Rabbit rover landed on the Moon to great national fanfare, but ran into severe technical difficulties.

The U.S. Defense Department has highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed at preventing other nations from using space-based assets in a crisis.

China insists it has only peaceful ambitions in space, but has tested anti-satellite missiles.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Source: Reuters “China launches first cargo spacecraft as part of space station goal”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


China plans launch of first cargo spacecraft in April


China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft in April, state media reported on Tuesday, taking a step toward its goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.

President Xi Jinping has prioritized advancing China’s space program, saying it was needed to enhance national security and defense. Plans for the maiden voyage of the cargo spacecraft were reported on the front page of the People’s Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper.

The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft will be carried into space by a Long March-7 Y2 rocket launched from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in south China’s island province of Hainan, the daily reported, citing the China Manned Space Agency.

The Tianzhou-1 is designed to dock with the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, or “Heavenly Palace 2”, which China used to carry out its longest ever manned space mission last October, sending two astronauts into space for a month aboard the laboratory.

The spacecraft can carry 6 tonnes of goods, 2 tonnes of fuel and can fly unmanned for three months, the newspaper said.

For all the advances China has made in its space program for military, commercial and scientific purposes, it is still lagging the United States and Russia.

China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover landed on the Moon in late 2013 to great national fanfare, but soon suffered severe technical difficulties.

The U.S. Defense Department has highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed at preventing other nations using space-based assets in a crisis.

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(This story corrects name of province in third paragraph to Hainan)

(Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Source: Reuters “China’s plans launch of first cargo spacecraft in April”

Note: This is Reuters report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.