[FPSPACE] China to send at least
kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Fri Jun 4 02:49:52 EDT 2004
>program. During the unmanned test phase they established a launch rate of one flight
>per year. After achieving their first piloted flight, they announced that the next flight
>would be in two years. That's a long wait. Why?
>My suspicion is that the key issue is money. This is not a cheap program by Chinese
>standards. I suspect that the Chinese military, which must fund the Shenzou program to
>a large extent, is reluctant to spend more money on it. So they keep the flight rate really
I agree. While a parastatal need not make a profit, it must keep within its budget or managers will be replaced.
>>"Possibly, Yang Liwei may not be chosen for this mission," Yang said.
>You have to love how non-specific they are, huh?
Remember Yang is a sprightly 85 years old, as opposed to our doyen, 93 year old Qian Xuessen, now alas bed-ridden, born a year before Wernher von Braun. In African culture, we would call both these founding fathers of the Chinese space programme "Living Ancestors" to be reverred.
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