Air and Space mag – China and the Moon – With the weekend launch of the latest Shenzhou spacecraft and its successful rendezvous and docking with an orbiting space station, world attention is once again focused on China’s flourishing space program.
Nextbigfuture – a look at Robert Zubrin argument that technology has been slowing down for the last 60 years and we have the need for more technology to achieve abundance. Immense changes should have occurred during this period, but did not. Had we been following the previous 60 years’ technological trajectory, we today would have videotelephones, solar powered cars, maglev trains, fusion reactors, hypersonic intercontinental travel, regular passenger transportation to orbit, undersea cities, open-sea mariculture and human settlements on the Moon and Mars. Instead, today we see important technological developments, such as nuclear power and biotechnology, being blocked or enmeshed in political controversy —we are slowing down.
Nextbigfuture-China has launched two men and the first woman from China into space. The Shenzhou-9 launched Saturday afternoon, carrying Liu Yang and two male astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang. State media aired the launch held at a satellite center in Jiuquan. Liu, 33, was the deputy head of a flight unit in the nation’s air force, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. Chinese women push for a place in space. She is a veteran pilot with 1,680 hours of flying experience, and excelled in space testing after two years of training:
Nextbigfuture – 50 gigapixel cameras from of the shelf parts are coming soon and they will be very useful for astronomy and other space applications. They will also make it easier for robotic and artificial intelligence systems to do things.