NASA chief regrets Chinese lack of transparency in space operations
NASA chief regrets Chinese lack of transparency in space operations

NASA chief regrets Chinese lack of transparency in space operations

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April 27, 2022 08:50 IST

Washington [US]April 27 (ANI): NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Tuesday, China continues to show a lack of transparency and willingness to cooperate with the United States and other countries in space.
“We want a collaboration that has not come from the Chinese government (but) that needs two to tango,” Nelson said at a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “We simply have not had any transparency from the Chinese.”
When China launched its space station, the first phase of its booster space rocket landed in the Indian Ocean, and Beijing shared no tracking data with either the United States or other countries, Nelson said.
“When they set up their space station, they did not reserve enough fuel to control where it fell, and thank God it landed in the Indian Ocean. (But) it could have come down in Europe, it could have fallen in Saudi Arabia. It could have fallen in Greece, “he said.
There has still been nothing from the Chinese government about such cooperation, and then the United States will deal with tracking Chinese space activity as it progresses, Nelson added.

The U.S. suspects China may have a plan pending the use of space technology to block U.S. radars and block sophisticated weapons systems if the need arises, according to the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
The recently released 80-page report gives credence to what was suspected by the international community so far that China has acquired the capabilities to “win in a major conflict with the United States and aggressively launches, acquires and achieves through the espionage capabilities needed to do so. “
According to this report, Russia and China seek to become leading space powers in the near future.
“Beijing and Moscow seek to position themselves as leading space powers, committed to creating new global space norms. Through the use of space and counter space capabilities, they strive to undercut the United States’ global leadership,” the agency said.
Russia and China’s total space fleet has grown by 70 percent between 2019 and 2021, while the two countries in the period 2015-2018 increased their respective fleets by more than 200 percent, the DIA said.
“Between 2019 and 2021, China’s and Russia’s total operational fleets have grown by about 70 percent. This latest and continued expansion follows a period of growth (2015-2018) in which China and Russia had increased their combined satellite fleets by more than 200 percent, “added the board. (ANI)

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