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User currently offlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3552 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4984 times:
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China is sending 2 spacecraft w/ rovers. First launch is coming up in Dec.

Interesting photo at link below. Spacecraft is being lowered into vacuum chamber for testing, note the size of the vacuum chamber. Also the suspension system on the rover looks vaguely familiar...

http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/as...ges/spacecraft/20130509_CE3029.jpg

Planetary Society blog post here:

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily...3-change-3-undergoing-thermal.html

Many photos regarding the missions here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetaryblog/sets/72157632426301226/


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User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3638 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4944 times:
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I'm sure they have that ramp figured out, it looks like the rover rolls onto the first section which is hydraulically lowered several feet until the bottom section touches the surface, then the rover rolls off. It looks risky. If one hydraulic (?) is out of synch over the side she goes.

In my first run through the pictures, it looked like the rover levitated down to the ramp.. neat feat.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4906 times:

As with Soyuz, as with numerous Soviet designed aircraft, are the Chinese building a modernised Lunokhod on steroids?

Well the originals worked well enough.

Good luck to them, about the only thing I can think of to get NASA it's manned exploration mojo back is the prospect of the next humans reaching the Moon being Chinese.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunokhod_1

[Edited 2013-05-19 11:06:47]

User currently offlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3552 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4816 times:
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Quoting GDB (Reply 2):
As with Soyuz, as with numerous Soviet designed aircraft, are the Chinese building a modernised Lunokhod on steroids?

I thought the rover looked a bit like Sojourner on steroids...



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User currently offlineAcheron From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4625 times:

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 3):
I thought the rover looked a bit like Sojourner on steroids...

A Sojourner who suffers from miniaturization problems, actually...


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4582 times:

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 3):
I thought the rover looked a bit like Sojourner on steroids...

I guess I was focussed on the wheels!


User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3725 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 2):
Good luck to them, about the only thing I can think of to get NASA it's manned exploration mojo back is the prospect of the next humans reaching the Moon being Chinese.

Yeah, 40 years later.  



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 6):
Yeah, 40 years later

But if they do start manned missions, I doubt they'd stop after 3 years.
They'd be looking to establish a semi permanent base.

All a long way off it's that's their intention but if you like a bet, would you put your money on the next person on the Moon being Chinese or American?


User currently offlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3552 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3561 times:
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Quoting GDB (Reply 7):


IMO:

I think the Chinese have learned from our (Soviet Union & the West) mistakes in space. They know it's pointless to go to the moon for political reasons only, if they go they'll have a plan to exploit the capability. If they go it alone, the capabilities to do that exploitation won't be available in the near term.

Our Chinese friends want a seat at the table - i.e. cooperative space ventures. We should give it to them, keep your friends close and your enemies closer & all that..

The next humans on the moon will be an international team of some sort. They'll figure out a way to send two people down the ladder at the same time and avoid the whole Neil/Buzz who goes first nonsense.  

Likewise, the Obama administrations plan to lasso and explore an asteroid - assuming it goes ahead, will morph into an international program. ESA and NASA are already cooperating on Orion/Service Module, maybe BRIC countries will do the lander/habitat/propulsion module. We'll have to figure out how to divert an asteroid sooner or later anyway... May as well do it as an international program and share the benefits / costs / technology.

More likely though there will be another 9/11, energy crisis, religious uprising, or economic calamity to get in the way and absorb resources... 



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User currently offlinenicoeddf From Germany, joined Jan 2008, 1101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3408 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 6):
Yeah, 40 years later.

Wow. That is the only thing you could come up with? Nationalistic pride?

For my part, I find it to be pretty fantastic that somebody is going to go to Moon again. Be it USA, China or Uganda.

I wish them all the best and indeed, I agree with the notion that nothing can spur the motivation for others more than somebody actually doing it again.

Regards,
Nico


User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3111 times:

Quoting nicoeddf (Reply 9):
Nationalistic pride?

I'm not American, mein herr! As for the rest of your post, I agree completely!



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