China will not exclude nations willing to cooperate and participate in the development of its space station, and it will seek to accommodate private companies for its ambitious cosmic outpost, which is scheduled to go online in 2022.
"All countries, regardless of their size and level of development, can participate equally in cooperation" to use the China Space Station (CSS), Shi Zhongjun, the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, (Vienna ), said Monday. "CSS does not only belong to China, but also to the world."
Beijing, which was once ruled by the US to use the International Space Station (ISS), is particularly interested in helping other developing countries expand their space technology. In addition, public and private companies and academic institutions are encouraged to use the CSS for their scientific purposes, and the Chinese outpost, which is expected to launch in 2019, is welcome.
"Through the vehicle of the CSS we want to build a model of sincere mutual beneficial cooperation between countries in the peaceful exploration and exploitation of space" Shi said in Vienna at the announcement of the opportunities for United Nations cooperation / China in the Use of CSS
Following the deployment of the country's first Taikonauten, Yang Liwei, into space in 2003, China focused on the development of advanced space technologies and technologies for the construction and operation of a permanent manned space station  Unlike the International Space Station, which weighs 420 tons, its Chinese equivalent should be much smaller, but it can be expanded if other nations are invited to participate in international space cooperation. Once assembled, the station initially consists of three parts: a core module attached to two 20-ton space labs. The CSS should be put into operation around 2022 and is designed for a service life of at least 10 years.
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has the only operational space station in orbit in the next decade since the International Space Station (ISS) will retire in 2024 if its lifespan not extended until 2028. Just like the ISS, China's station will be able to accommodate a maximum of six astronauts simultaneously. 19659006] "Given the global challenges facing all of us on earth, it is therefore important to promote cooperation and cooperation on space activities" Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Space Issues (UNOOSA ), as she welcomed China's willingness to open the CSS to humanity.
China's cosmic ambitions worsened after NASA's US lawmakers in 2011 banned cooperation with Beijing over "national security concerns." In order to achieve its space goals, China has been actively working with Russian Roscosmos and other European partners on several space exploration projects.
In 2017, Roscosmos and the CNSA signed a bilateral cooperation program for 2018-2022, including space debris and moon, space and satellite research. In March of this year, space agencies agreed to expand their collaboration and create a joint data center for lunar and space projects. On Monday, taikonauts completed an intense 19-day tough terrain training program to prepare the team for future space missions
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