China Space did not steal the right stuff. Bob Zimmerman

Mar 15, 12:54 AM


(Photo:A Chinese flag is clearly visible on the Jade Rabbit as it stands deployed on the Moon's surface.

The 120kg (260lb) Jade Rabbit rover can reportedly climb slopes of up to 30 degrees and travel at 200m (660ft) per hour.

Its name - chosen in an online poll of 3.4 million voters - derives from an ancient Chinese myth about a rabbit living on the moon as the pet of the lunar goddess Chang'e. )

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China Space did not steal the right stuff. Bob Zimmerman

More big space rumors from China

March 9, 2018 at 9:17 am Robert Zimmerman

Two stories today tout two different future big space projects coming out of China.

China Is Building a Spaceplane of Its Own

China is developing a new crewed spacecraft for Moon and deep space missions

The first story describes a proposed Chinese X-37B concept, that unlike the X-37B would be launched from a airplane-like mother ship, like Orbital ATK’s Pegasus rocket. This would make the entire vehicle reusable. I would not book passage, however. This is concept stuff, and possibly being touted by the designers to lobby for funding.

The second story is more real, outlining the design work being done right now for a second generation Chinese manned capsule to replace its Shenzhou spacecraft. It appears they want something with greater capacity and more reusability, and also with the robustness to return from lunar missions.