Who Makes Your Electronics And Missiles?
On September 29th 2011, 6 years ago, China launched its Tiangong-1 Space Lab (video). Launched on a Long-March rocket from the Gobi desert, it was the first step towards the creation of a Space Station to be completed in 2020. The year 2020, is the year that the international space station was to be scheduled for decommission (better known as the junk yard). If a new one is not built, or something done to extend the life of the current one, this will leave China with the Earth’s only space station!
China is not currently part of the International space station project because the US had refused to let it become part of the project. One reason is because of US concerns about China’s military goals for space. Not at all unreasonable.
If you recall, it was building roads that helped the Roman Empire expand and become a historic power. Through history the power of transportation, communication and technology has been an asset in times of war or even cold war. If concerns about China are real, should they be making most of our technology? The answer is obvious!
How far has China gone in the direction of dominating space? Almost nothing is seen in our news media regarding their achievements. Here are a few to ponder: In 2003, China put its first man in space, In 2008 China achieved its first space walk, In 2010 China launched its first unmanned mission to the Moon to map its surface (probably a precursor to a future lunar landing). Make no mistake about it, China has forward thinking leadership and plans to be a space faring power! China Aims to Become Global aerospace power, Says President Xi Jinping
It is clearly time to see that our government helps stimulate the growth of industry and technology in America. Leaving it to Transnational corporations, with no allegiance to America is tantamount to inviting a Trojan Horse into the Pentagon. Most of our very large corporations are more concerned about shareholder profit than America’s future. This myopia, is helping fuel the economic challenges of America. Stimulating local manufacturing and regaining President Kennedy’s focus on space is essential to the future of our children and our Nation’s existence. Lets hope that Donald Trump can see this future and work to restore our nation’s self reliance. Depending upon China for our technology is not a very wise decision for our long term survival.