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China Will Focus on a Lunar Surface Station Rather Than a Lunar Orbiting Station

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-07-17 21:37:06
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Chinese space official seems unimpressed with NASA's lunar gateway [arstechnica.com]

This week, the European and Chinese space agencies held a workshop [esa.int] in Amsterdam to discuss cooperation between Europe and China on lunar science missions. The meeting comes as Europe seems increasingly content to work with China on spaceflight programs.

Although the meeting is not being streamed online, space systems designer and lunar exploration enthusiast Angeliki Kapoglou [twitter.com] has been providing some coverage of the meeting via Twitter. Among the most interesting things she has shared are slides from a presentation by Pei Zhaoyu, who is deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.

[...] Overall, Pei does not appear to be a fan of NASA's plan to build a deep space gateway, formally known as the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, at a near-rectilinear halo orbit. Whereas NASA will focus its activities on this gateway away from the Moon, Pei said China will focus on a "lunar scientific research station."

[...] So far, NASA has yet to finalize commitments with Europe, Russia, or other International Space Station partners on contributions to the gateway. While European officials are interested, it seems like they may also be willing to go along with China if that country has a more direct plan to land humans on the Moon.

Related: NASA Could Scale Down First Manned Flight of the SLS [soylentnews.org]
2020s to Become the Decade of Lunar Re-Exploration [soylentnews.org]
This Week in Space Pessimism: SLS, Mars, and Lunar Gateway [soylentnews.org]


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