Russia & China negotiating the establishment of a joint base on the Moon

Drumboy44

DEFCON Staff
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This week there was a lot of news related to the Russian lunar program.

One that caught quite the attention is the one that ensures that Russia and China would be negotiating the establishment of a joint base on the Moon by 2031 ...

Россия и Китай обсуждают создание совместной базы на Луне


The new Russian path to the Moon should start in 2021 with the launch of the Luna 25 spacecraft, and will be followed by Moon 26 in 2024, which will be in charge of selecting the landing zones for lunar vehicles. In 2025 Luna 27 will arrive, which is the most ambitious ...




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It is even said that Luna 27 may be in charge of searching the area where the Russian lunar base will be deployed ...

"Луна-27" должна "застолбить" место для российской базы на Луне


In 2027 and 2028 the Moon 28 will be launched, which will be a more complex station, and the Moon station 29 will rest on the Moon by a heavy vehicle.


 

Drumboy44

DEFCON Staff
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Coordination efforts on the creation of a lunar base are one of the considered spheres of cooperation. Russia and China are discussing various formats of such cooperation: the creation of a joint base or two neighboring bases. The level of integration as part of these approaches is subject to further discussions", the source said, Sputnik reported.

In 2019, Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed an agreement to create a joint research centre to explore the Moon and deep space.

The two space agencies have also signed an agreement on coordinating Russia's Luna Resurs-1 orbiter mission (Luna-26) and the Chinese mission for exploring the polar region of the Moon, Chang’e-7.

According to Roscosmos, the agreements also provide for joint space experiments and enable Russia and China to install scientific equipment on the lunar missions of each other.

Moreover, Moscow and Beijing were discussing the possibility of using Russia’s Luna-26 lunar orbiter as a responder for Chinese lunar landing stations.

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said earlier that the Luna-26 spacecraft would fly to the Moon in 2024 to map and remotely study its surface. The obtained data will help determine the composition of the lunar surface.

China's Chang'e-4 mission is already operating on the far side of the Moon. The country also plans to deliver lunar soil to Earth on Chang’e-5 and Chang’e-6 and then begin preparations for a manned flight to the Moon and construction of the first lunar station there. Chang’e-7 will conduct a general study of the Moon’s South Pole, including terrain and landforms, while Chang’e-8 is expected to test several key technologies on the lunar surface.

CNSA has also announced its intention to build a research station on the lunar South Pole and carry out a lunar manned mission within the next 10 years.

 

Obreid

Power Poster
The moon eventually, “hopefully” meaning we’re all still around and exploring, will become an outpost and exploited for resources and power projection.
I read once that Helium 3 a particularly useful isotope for energy production is found in great abundance on the surface of the moon.
In 30 years the 21st century wildcatters might be rooting around in the dirt up there.


That’s why things like this are not just for show or techno wankers wet dream.
 

KimPossible

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kinda feel for being 2020 that we should already long done some sort of post on the moon in ways similar to the international space station.
 

Obreid

Power Poster
I have a feeling that if it’s to be it will happen faster than we can imagine.

Of course it did take a hundred years between buck Rodgers controlled landing rockets and space x rockets returning to earth in a controlled landing.
 

Obreid

Power Poster
That was the Jupiter moon Europa in “1999 S O”

I had renewed hope in space travel after I saw the rocket decent of space X’s lift rockets. It’s was just amazing to watch. Just think how hard it is to balance a broom handle in your palm for just a short time then extrapolate that to Maintaining gimbal control and decent speed on a hydrogen fueled bottle rocket, that is so cool.

Musk has always reminded me of Tesla.
An immigrant to America who ran with it.
Definitely a little crazy and crazy smart.
Always seems to deliver in big ways
I hope history treats him better than Tesla.

Could you imagine the two of them working Togeather on a project.

 

Drumboy44

DEFCON Staff
Staff member
In the mean time Russia & the United States fight over commercial mining on the Moon & other planetary bodies...👇



Attempts at expropriating outer space and aggressive plans to actually seize territories of other planets hardly set the countries to fruitful cooperation. Such an opinion was expressed by Sergey Saveliev, Deputy General Director of Roscosmos State Corporation for International Cooperation.

“There have already been examples in history when one country decided to start seizing territories in its interests - everyone remembers what came of it,” he added.

On April 6, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive decree in support of the commercial development of resources on the moon and other celestial bodies, directing the US administration to resist any attempt to consider outer space as the public domain of mankind. The text of the document was distributed by the press service of the White House.

 
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