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China’s Space Bus

Yuanzheng 1

Yuanzheng 1

The following is based on translations from Chinese media:

China will showcase for the first time its new spacecraft that can send more than 10 objects into different orbits in one travel. It means one rocket can launch more than 10 satellites.

Both the US and Russia developed such technology five decades ago. Now, China is catching up vigorously. The engine of the ‘air bus’ can restart more than 20 times when it flies in its orbits. The spacecraft’s structure efficiency exceeds by 75% compared with spacecraft of the same scale.

It can be used along with Changzheng-2D, Changzheng-2C, Changzheng-4B, Changzheng-4C and some other carrier rockets in service at present. It can also move old scrapped satellites out of useful orbits into “cemetery” orbits to prevent them from hindering other satellites and spacecrafts.

The ‘space bus’ is called Yuanzheng 1, and has not yet been given a codename. The section “Huge Space Transport Rocket Yuanzheng 1 Will Serve China’s Moon, Mars Projects” in Chapter 7 of my book Space Era Strategy: The Way China Beats The U.S. says:

A professor in the U.S. Naval War College says that the preparations for the maiden launch of Changzheng V (referring to the “space bus”) have been very difficult. The launch of the rocket has been delayed many times. However, “China’s persistence in the project reflects its will to become a space power. For the fulfilment of China’s ‘one step manned space travel’ plan formulated in 1993, a carrier vehicle with great boosting force is perhaps the most important hardware in the ‘puzzle’.”

The Changzheng V rocket is China’s largest rocket ever, with a diameter of 5.2 meters. It has to be assembled at the launching site as a train carrying it cannot pass through a railway tunnel. That means China’s space program has been freed from railway restriction.

I have to point out that the “space bus,” regarded as Changzheng V outside China, is to be on display at Zhuhai Airshow as a model. No test launch has ever been made. However, showcasing it indicates China’s confidence in ultimate successful development of the rocket.

Source: huanqiu.com “China will showcase its ‘space bus’ able to launch 10 satellites in one travel” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
Source: Chan Kai Yee Space Era Strategy: The Way China Beats The U.S.

About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


One thought on “China’s Space Bus

  1. Hhahahahahah.. as space bus. A space chicane. Like all of China’s latest and greatest achievements, it is all just hot air.

    You cannot build technology with bullshit. You actually have to create this stuff. China is incapable of creating anything right now, except making itself look stupid. This it does with great aplomb. China is spending trillions of dollars on junk. The military is so corrupt, that most of the money it spends goes into the senior officers pockets. Xi is too afraid to anything about this, because he is afraid of the military.

    This article above is a prime example of China’s delusion. It will have space bombers? It has lasers to shoot down drones. If and when. That is all this article is about. If china can develop an economy, and use it productively, then some of this MIGHT happen. But now China is just wasting money on the lunacy of Xi.


    Posted by kirk | November 18, 2014, 1:24 pm

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