Quote from: WellingtonEast on 06/27/2012 03:36 AMAssembly on ground in larger volume modules would have been cheaper than multiple modules which means multiple projects / launches and would have enabled the ISS to be completed sooner.Unsubstantiated and basically wrong. There is no data to support your claim.
Assembly on ground in larger volume modules would have been cheaper than multiple modules which means multiple projects / launches and would have enabled the ISS to be completed sooner.
The need for a standard docking interface was reconfirmed and the design of ESA’s IBDM system appeared as a very promising candidate for such a standard...Discussions with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency looked at the possible joint development of a new docking system based on the IBDM.
All I see is tech copied from Russians. They have a lot of money, they are starting to outsource tech outside (I was asked to develop a cheap auto focus lenses 2y ago) but the general feeling is that they have too much cash in hand to bother developing on their own. I've worked with Chinese engineers and believe me that they have a very long way to go.
Quote from: WellingtonEast on 06/27/2012 12:22 AMI think the unknown here is launcher development.The ISS was hobbled by utilising the Space Shuttle to launch many of its components.I think the chinese will aim for a larger station (by volume) with less modules launched by larger rockets.FallacyIt wasn't the size of the shuttle that hobbled the ISS, it was that it was the only launcher.ISS does not need more volume, nor did it need larger launchers
I think the unknown here is launcher development.The ISS was hobbled by utilising the Space Shuttle to launch many of its components.I think the chinese will aim for a larger station (by volume) with less modules launched by larger rockets.
Won't Tiangong-3 serve as the core module? I'm taking my info from Wikipedia. Tiangong-3 will have the size andmass of each of the modules of the planned Modular Chinese Space Station. And according to Wikipedia, Tiangong-3 will be launchedaround 2015. So for at least five years it appears, Tiangong-3 will orbit without additional modules.Leaves me wondering what the Chinese manned psace program plans todo between 2015 and 2020? Send an upgraded Shenzhou to circle the Moon?Send one to a NEO asteroid?
From Xinhua, China's space station will be energy-efficient: lead designer.
The green technologies to be applied in the station will raise its recycling rate and reduce its reliance on input from the ground.For example, waste water and urine will be used to extract oxygen, and carbon dioxide and other human waste will also be recycled, Zhou said.
What does this say?
Quote from: manboy on 05/29/2013 02:56 AMWhat does this say?That's the model of the future Chinese cargo supply spacecraft.
I don't speak Chinese, but I see no radiators there. Are this notional, an artist impression or what exactly?