The 21st Century Space Race has begun, and the United States may be given a run for our money if we don’t get it together very soon.
CNBC revealed that the Chinese government has serious plans to overtake the United States space program as well as private companies like Blue Origin.
“China’s breakneck economic expansion may be flagging, but the country’s ambitions in space show no signs of slowing down,” the article stated. “Alongside ongoing efforts to rival NASA by placing robotic landers, and eventually astronauts, on the moon and Mars, China’s government is increasingly looking to its burgeoning space sector to rival U.S. companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which is targeting March 30 for the latest launch of its Falcon 9 rocket.”
China has been revving up to advance its space program beyond that of the United States and Russia, and this would be hugely embarrassing to the first and only country ever to put a man on the moon.
“The majority of China’s space ambitions remain focused on boosting Chinese prestige at home and abroad. But a push within Xi’s government to triple spending on space science as well as the emergence of a small but growing group of privately backed space start-ups suggest that both Chinese industry and government see long-term economic benefits in their investments in space technologies,” CNBC continued. “That increasing flow of capital toward both China’s state-run and private space-related tech companies could place increased pressure on NASA, and eventually on commercial space companies in the United States and Europe.”
What this Chinese pressure on NASA also did was spark something inside of many analysts’ minds, making them believe that this new space race could spur President Donald Trump’s NASA into action. Trump, after all, is known as a man with a reputation for winning.