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Space Race: Version 2.0

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posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 07:43 AM
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www.guardian.co.uk...

“Forty years after the heyday of the US-Soviet space race, the emerging contest between these two Asian powers is already showing signs of ferocity.”

With the U.S./Russian space race, over. What do you think will be the outcome with the ‘politically tense’ Asian version. It’s common knowledge that Japan and China have very ‘strained’ ties, mostly after World War 2, but problems going back centuries.

So, will this new ‘Space Race’ cause China to greatly increase its Military spending and vice versa from Japan?

What do you think will be the outcome of this new space race, good or bad?




posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 02:18 PM
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Sort of a money thing now. Global launch market is pretty well covered by existing players. That leaves internal uses which is still either military or communication or research - space tourism is still a novelty and a ways off. Japan can piggyback off of our military where China can not piggyback off of Russia anymore. Moon bases are still fantasy at this point and would seriously drain any of the economies (ours included).

Now if we got the alien hot rod stuff wit da spinners and the nitrous - different story....



posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 03:23 PM
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Space access is going to be non-existant for the average joe (excluding revolutionary tech) within the next 15 years however after that it will probably accelerate exponentially. Watch out for the Japs though, there economy is second only to the US's and if they choose to use this muscle in a serious way then the space race could be back on although not neccesarily with America, more likely China.



posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 03:29 PM
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You missed 2 countries who are involved in this next race. India and Brazil. Brazil is by far the longest shot out of the 4, India vs. China may be more likely IMO.



posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 03:45 PM
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Yeah India are going to be big players but China has the lead over them at the moment both in space and economically, Brazil is not really a serious contender at the moment but could be in the distant future.



posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 04:01 PM
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Still a money thing -

India wants to keep an eye on Pakistan and China and has the whole tech pool to draw upon. Brazil - build the sat but let Sea Launch or Orbital/Pegasus or Boeing or the Russians or ESA lob it up. Defense in Brazil - ok, Ipanema is nice but defense - really now.... I mean yes - defend the thong bikini and Brazilian wax job by all means and at whatever cost - just weather and communications and lots of off the shelf and proven designs out there, cheaper to buy than build in this case....



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