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Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial space launches

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Posted in Science on 20th Oct, 2013 07:17 AM by AlexMuller

As the private spaceflight firm SpaceX works to bring more commercial rocket launches back to the United States, it anticipates some stiff competition from the burgeoning Chinese space program.

 
"We really feel at SpaceX that the competition is going to be the Chinese space program," Adam Harris (Spacex VP government affairs) said last month during a panel discussion at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Space 2013 conference in San Diego.
 
The U.S. responsible for just two of the 38 commercial space launches that took place in 2011 and 2012.
 
Spacex currently has more than 50 missions worth nearly $5 billion on its launch manifest, Harris said, adding that the U.S. government accounts for just 32 percent of that manifest.
 
The biggest threat to SpaceX's continued success in signing up customers over the long haul is likely not the Ariane 5 or the Proton, Harris said, but Chinese vehicles such as the Long March rocket family.
 
China's space plans are indeed ambitious. For example, Chinese officials have said they want to return lunar samples to Earth with a robotic spacecraft by 2016 or so. They also hope to have a manned, 60-ton space station up and running by 2020, and to put a "taikonaut" on the moon shortly thereafter.
 
The nation has been making serious progress toward such goals, launching manned missions to dock with the prototype orbiting module Tiangong 1 in both 2012 and 2013.


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-20
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SpaceX is expecting some stiff competition from the Chinese space program. The Chinese government is backing their space program to the hilt and is actually making some pretty good advancements.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-21
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Funny thing about this is that I have read about this kind of stuff since I was a kid. Taking people up into space and then bringing them back safe and sound. As a kind of ride and to speed up travel times. So far nothing. I hope space X pulls it off. Reply
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Posted: 2013-10-21
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I do not think space X is funded as well as the Chinese. I would like to see them in the number 1 spot in the world when it comes to space launches for commercial purposes. Hopefully they will do this in the near future. Reply
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Space X is leading the way for the U.S. companies in the space race. Late on the scene but making great progress. I have not heard anything lately about Ison. Maybe space X will someday be grabbing asteroids and mining them. Reply
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spacex is on a roll recently, but dont forget they are getting allot of thier money from NASA Reply
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