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Old March 9th 21, 08:51 PM posted to sci.space.policy
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"Russia and China signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to
set up an international lunar research station as both countries seek to
catch up with the United States in the space race.

Russia, which sent the first man into space during the Soviet Union, has
been lagging behind Washington and Beijing in the exploration of the Moon
and Mars.

Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement that a memorandum
was signed by its head, Dmitry Rogozin, and Zhang Kejian of China's
National Space Administration (CNSA)."

See:

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pac...-space-station
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Old March 10th 21, 01:27 AM posted to sci.space.policy
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Default Russia and China agree to build joint lunar space station

" writes:

Russia, which sent the first man into space during the Soviet Union, has
been lagging behind Washington and Beijing in the exploration of the Moon
and Mars.


/sarc

Clearly Russia needs to design and build a gigantic expendable liquid
hyrdolox rocket with strap on solid boosters and no viable second stage
in order to catch up. Building a heavy capsule by bolting together two
Soyuz spacecraft would also help.

Dave
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Old March 10th 21, 07:20 AM posted to sci.space.policy
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Greetings all,

much snipped

"memorandum of understanding" are easy and cheap to draw up, and look pretty for the clueless press.

Bending metal and testing metal is expensive and hard. Getting said bent and tested metal anywhere useful (preferably without killing a bunch of people) is even more expensive and harder.

In short I'll believe it when I see it.

I don't doubt that that China and Russia have the knowledge and even some of the expertise, but realistically:

What has Russia done in space in the last twenty years except build cookie-cutter copies of the Soyuz and Progress, and their launch vehicle, and mostly get them to ISS on time? No great interplanetary probes, no new modules for ISS, no independent space station development.

The Chinese launched a couple of people into space, and even a short lived space station where (I think) 3 astronauts had fun and did experiments for a couple of days. Then??? Nothing on the human in space front. No follow up program, no Chinese astronauts going to ISS.

Musk and SpaceX have a better chance of building a lunar orbiting space station first. Musk probably is spending more money on SpaceX that the Russians are on their space program.

Regards
Frank
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Old March 10th 21, 11:08 AM posted to sci.space.policy
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Default Russia and China agree to build joint lunar space station

Frank Scrooby was thinking very hard :
Greetings all,

much snipped

"memorandum of understanding" are easy and cheap to draw up, and look pretty
for the clueless press.

Bending metal and testing metal is expensive and hard. Getting said bent and
tested metal anywhere useful (preferably without killing a bunch of people)
is even more expensive and harder.

In short I'll believe it when I see it.

I don't doubt that that China and Russia have the knowledge and even some of
the expertise, but realistically:

What has Russia done in space in the last twenty years except build
cookie-cutter copies of the Soyuz and Progress, and their launch vehicle, and
mostly get them to ISS on time? No great interplanetary probes, no new
modules for ISS, no independent space station development.


New module for ISS scheduled to launch in July.

The Chinese launched a couple of people into space, and even a short lived
space station where (I think) 3 astronauts had fun and did experiments for a
couple of days. Then??? Nothing on the human in space front. No follow up
program, no Chinese astronauts going to ISS.


Moon lander, Mars orbiter with upcoming Mars lander attempt, a whole
flock of new rockets.

Musk and SpaceX have a better chance of building a lunar orbiting space
station first. Musk probably is spending more money on SpaceX that the
Russians are on their space program.


Russia does have a recent history of many new paper rockets, and budget
shortfalls have been blamed for workmanship issues. It looks like
Russia is spending $2 billion annually, or about 10% of NASA's budget.
The Starship development program bandies about a figure of $5 billion
to complete. (That's over about 5 years at this point, no?)


It is quite possible that Russia will provide the human space flight
expertise and China will provide the nav and guidance. It almost
certainly makes "far away" cheaper for Russia.

Musk is pushing an aggressive schedule, but the Chinese seem to be as
well. Make of it what you will.

/dps

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Old March 11th 21, 01:27 PM posted to sci.space.policy
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In article ,
says...

On 2021-03-10 02:20, Frank Scrooby wrote:

What has Russia done in space in the last twenty years except build cookie-cutter copies of the Soyuz and Progress, and their launch vehicle, and mostly get them to ISS on time? No great interplanetary probes, no new modules for ISS, no independent space station development.


They built Mir. And the Russian segment if ISS is an evolution of it.
And they are to lauunch a new lab module this year replacing the nadir
airlock.


To be fair, the Nauka plans date back to the early 2000s. It's original
launch date was supposed to be back in 2007. We're still waiting for it
to launch. That's not terribly impressive. So, I'm not sure what China
is thinking teaming up with Russia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nauka_(ISS_module)

The Chinese launched a couple of people into space,


On a Soyuz with chinese text on butons/screens.


China has it's own Shenzhou crewed spacecraft which is *loosely* based
on Soyuz. There have been 11 Shenzhou missions to date. Five of those
were uncrewed and six were crewed. Cite:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenzhou_program

They are also developing a next generation spacecraft which has already
flown an uncrewed test flight on 5 May 2020. Cite:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next-g...wed_spacecraft

Russia has been "working" on next generation spacecraft for decades.
They have yet to fly anything "next generation".

However, China has
something needed to go to the moon: money. And that is something Russia
isn't getting with low price of oil and sanctions against country.


True.

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Old March 11th 21, 08:07 PM posted to sci.space.policy
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Default Russia and China agree to build joint lunar space station

Jeff Findley wrote:
In article ,
says...
They built Mir. And the Russian segment if ISS is an evolution of it.
And they are to lauunch a new lab module this year replacing the nadir
airlock.


To be fair, the Nauka plans date back to the early 2000s. It's original
launch date was supposed to be back in 2007. We're still waiting for it
to launch. That's not terribly impressive. So, I'm not sure what China
is thinking teaming up with Russia.


In fact, according to Scott Manley they need to launch it before the
end of the year because the warranty on a number of the modules
expires then (or if not launched by then, it's a bit unclear)!

He usually put a lot of effort into researching for his videos so I'm
inclined to believe him on this given the history of Nauka.

IE, it started out as a backup for Zarya in case of a launch failure
and at one point was at least 70% complete (and might have progressed
even further). Zarya was successfully launched in 1998 so they didn't
need the backup and so they later decided to repurpose it for Nauka.

They seem to have rebuilt most in the mid-2000 forward but I would be
surprised if there weren't still a considerable number of parts that
was installed in the initial 1994-1998 build period.

And the initially planned launch year appears to have been 2007 so
it's now more than 13 years delayed. And as noted there's likely parts
in it that are at least 27-28 year old.


However, China has something needed to go to the moon: money. And
that is something Russia isn't getting with low price of oil and
sanctions against country.


True.


Yup, and I expect that there's still a number of competent engineers
in the Russian space program that must be really frustrated by
designing a long succession of paper rockets.

So from Russias side it might also be a way to try to keep their
rocket engineers from wandering off to greener pastures (like one of
the small-sat launcher companies) so they have the resources when (not
if) they want to say modernise their ICBMs.

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