Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

China unveils 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS's days are numbered

China unveils 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS's days are numbered

China unveiled a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, the "Heavenly Palace", the successor of the ISS.

Topped with a mannequin holding cosmonaut, and flanked by the national flag red and yellow, the machine was one of the main attractions of the Lounge are aerospace Zhuhai (south).

In the Chinese city of Zhuhai aerospace exhibition Airshow China introduced a full-sized model of a future space station Tiangong, says ScienceAlert.

Several global space agencies launched the main module and first components of the ISS into space over two decades ago. It will, however, be clearly smaller.

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

Aside from the Tiangong Space Station's cylindrical main module, it would also have two other modules for conducting scientific experiments.

Research institutes, universities, and public and private companies have been invited to propose projects. The country's state media reported that China had received around 40 plans from 27 countries and regions.

"I'm sure over time China will be successful developing partnerships", said Bill Ostrove, space analyst with US-based Forecast International consultancy. China announced earlier this year that they would allow other countries to conduct experiments on-board Tiangong.

However, China's future space station is about to change everything.

The European Space Agency has sent astronauts to China to receive training in order to be ready to work inside the Chinese space station once it is launched.

The computer glitch was the latest in a string of technical failures involving Russian space hardware. No matter how essential this floating laboratory has become to advance our understanding of, amongst many things, how the harsh conditions of space can affect humans when exposed over long periods of time, there is not enough money left in the pot to keep it going.

"Despite a lot of talk of the opposite, the United States remains the most dominant power in space right now".

"The private companies that hold a growing place in the market space".

"The space market is becoming more diverse", he said, "so it will be hard for one or two countries or companies to dominate the field in the way the USA and Soviet Union did during the Cold War". "But the business issues are becoming increasingly important in the space, and she recognizes the innovation and science as major economic engines".

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