China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the worldwide community's orbiting laboratory and symbolizes the country's major ambitions beyond Earth. They will be able to conduct research in the field of science, biology or micro-gravity.
"There is no doubt that China will use its station in a similar way as the ISS partners are using their outpost: research, technology and as a stepping-stone for deep-space exploration", said Chen Lan, a reporter at GoTaikonauts.com news portal which is a collaborator of the Chinese space program. In August, the space station's crew had to plug up an air leak in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft that's now docked to the station.
In the future, the station will join two more module for scientific research and solar panels. "The possibility for them (thanks to China) to send payloads on a platform of manned flight and conducting experiments is something that's extremely valuable", he observes.
The release of the footage celebrates the 18th anniversary of humans living continuously aboard the station, and the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first two space station elements in 1998.
It has received 40 plans from 27 countries and regions, according to state media.
"Over time, I am sure that China will build successful partnerships", predicts Bill Ostrove, a specialist in space issues at Forecast International, a consulting firm, american.
China says its space station will be open to all countries.
NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have brought us the veryfirst 8K video from space.
According to Bill Ostrove, on the other hand, despite the significant achievements that EU, China, Japan, and Russian Federation make, the USA will remain the most significant power in space exploration.
The company SpaceX Elon musk will orbit the satellite, which is seen from Earth is its only objective. She also hopes to send a robot on Mars and humans on the Moon.
"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 US and Soviet Union did during the Cold War".