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China unveils new ‘Heavenly Palace’ space station as ISS days numbered

China unveils new ‘Heavenly Palace’ space station as ISS days numbered

At Airshow China, the China National Space Administration unveiled a replica of Tiangong's core module, which measures 55 feet long.

It would then become the only resort to move into the space after the retreat scheduled in 2024 the worldwide space station (ISS) - which combines the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada.

China's "Heavenly Palace" Space Station, which boasts a 17-meter-wide core module, besides the other compartments of the station, wants to replace the International Space Station when it is gone.

"We're excited to embrace new technology that improves our ability to engage our audiences in space station research", said David Brady, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station Program Science Office at Johnson.

Step forward China. China already has experience with Earth-orbiting space stations.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold does some filming on the International Space Station Oct. 3, 2018, with a Helium 8K camera, made by the digital cinema company RED. Beijing has received 40 from 27 countries and regions, proposals that still need to be the subject of a selection, reported in October, State television CCTV.

"I'm sure over time China will be successful developing partnerships", said Bill Ostrove, space analyst with US-based Forecast International consultancy.




China's Tiangong project is a work in progress, with the first iteration, a prototype called Tiangong-1, that spectacularly fell to Earth after China's space agency lost control of it.

"Many countries, and increasingly private companies and universities, have space programs, but can not afford to build their own space station", he said.

Alternatively the money could be used to speed up planned human space initiatives to the moon and Mars.

It is set to operate for about 15 years, according to the China Academy of Space Technology, developer of the station.

"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 United States and Soviet Union did during the Cold War".

A second lab, the Tiangong-2, was launched into orbit in 2016.