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Rendering of Chinese Tiangong-1   (Source: MSNBC)
Two years from now other modules will launch

China is looking to make itself into a technology, military, and space power over the coming years. China wanted to be part of the ISS, but NASA would not allow the country to participate. Rather than sulk in the corner, the Chinese have set about building an ISS rival and the first section of that rival space station has now been launched into orbit.

The first section of the Chinese space station, called Tiangong-1, was launched into orbit successfully. The Tiangong-1 module lifted off aboard a Long March 2FT1 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. MSNBC reports that the module is about the size of a boxcar and is in orbit 217 miles above the Earth.
The Chinese say that the module will be used to survey Chinese farmland using special cameras and will conduct an experiment that involves growing crystals in space.

After the launch of this first module, China plans to launch an unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft to practice remote controlled docking procedures with the orbiting module. The Tiangong-1 name means "Heavenly Place-1" and it will stay in space alone for two years. After the 2-year window, China will send two more modules up for more tests and then the actual space station will be launched in three sections in 2020 to 2022.

"This is a significant test. We've never done such a thing before," Lu Jinrong, the launch center's chief engineer, was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

The launch of the module was delayed for a year due to technical issues with the launch rockets. The Long March 2C rocket failed to reach orbit kicking off an investigation into the cause of the failure.

As the Chinese gear up to launch their space station, NASA is looking to deorbit the ISS after 2020.

Source: MSNBC



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American....Not American't
By bottle23 on 9/30/2011 6:57:35 PM , Rating: 4
I am but an Aussie guy looking from the outside.

What is currently wrong with America?

(1) Lack of genuine, active leadership.

=> You folks need to wise up. Hoping and praying for the next Presidential candidate to fix the problem isn't the solution. You have to rise up at a grass roots level. No, don't be militant. Start small and go back to the principles you have forgotten. Might I suggest the books by W. Edwards Deming. (There is an entry about him in wikipedia to give you an overview.) ...Deming is the guy who's principles were used to form the basis of the Japanese automotive industry. Its quite effective in the long term. The focus is about quality and never ending improvement. You don't blame or excuse. You face problems head-on with honesty. You don't fire people (unless they break the law like fraud), you re-train those to a quality level. No hype. No BS motivational posters that doesn't mean anything. Its about establishing pride of one's work.

Business shouldn't be considered as "Its about making money". Its supposed to be about providing a quality service or product. People should be proud in what they created. ("I made that!") ...The money part is the reward for providing good quality. Businesses should also be sensitive about the community it resides in. (Businesses are also about people!)

(2) Turn off the TV...And read more.

=> The content of your media outlets don't help you or the country. Its endless gossip, reality TV, and other nonsense. At the minimum, learn to be selective in what you watch. (Yes, you have to be picky even on the Discovery Channel as some of their content has reality TV fever.) ...Each of you should also start a library. The objective is to be a serious student of life. To develop wisdom. Never be a blind follower. Ignorance isn't bliss. Its tragic and often results in you getting the short end of the stick.

(3) Education System...

=> From what I gather, your curriculum isn't standardised at the state level. (It seems to differ from town to town.) ...If you want the country to get better, you need to change how the younger generation is educated. Focus on quality education where the teacher leads the student in wanting to learn. Teachers should be rewarded for improving their skills. The key is better quality teachers...It isn't class size or lowering quality of education such that "no kids are left behind". You want the kids to learn by their own initiative.

(4) Re-establishing the manufacturing sector. But focus on high-tech and value added solutions.

=> Your culture seems to play down science, engineering, and the core essence of manufacturing. It seems like its viewed as not being very glamorous. Unfortunately, without a manufacturing sector, you'll kill the middle class. The bulk of the population of the country! You kill its associated links like R&D and Retail industries. Being famous isn't going to help the country. What will turn this country back is putting a price on Carbon emissions and using the money to establish the renewable energy sector and manufacturing. Provide companies the incentive to invest back into America. (See Germany as the example to follow. Their big companies are dropping nuclear power development and re-focusing on improving efficiencies of turbine and solar technology. Its up to the point where such a change doesn't harm their business!)

(5) Greed.

=> China won't be able to destroy America. It will be greedy Americans that will do the job. In fact, China needs America as America needs China. If America goes down, the whole World will be dragged into the disaster. That's just how it is. We're actually all connected in this way. The folks that started the GFC is a clear warning sign that you need to go back to core principles of integrity and character. No, you don't have to be religious, chanting fire and brimstone. (While I'm not religious myself, I see the Bible as a book of examples of what happens if you break some fundamental rules. I mentally remove the "spooky" or "miracle" related tones...I break it down to 'If you do this, you're gonna face this problem.') ...You don't have to be a Ned Flanders. But you have to change your ways.

(6) Impatience and short-term thinking.

=> The I WANT IT NOW! syndrome seems to be a characteristic of most Americans. This very same short-term thinking is also causing your businesses to focus on shareholder value every quarter...That isn't healthy. You need to learn to develop patience, discipline, and long term thinking. We're talking setting up 10 yr plans. (This is how the Chinese think.)

You have a choice: Either face the pain of self-discipline and change on your own accord OR face the pain of regret as the country falls behind others.

Personally, one of the best things about America is your ability to come up stuff that no one has really thought of. In recent times, you've lost your way. Its drifting too far. You as the American people need to steer the ship back. There is still time. It isn't over until its over. You are Ameri can s. Not Ameri can't s. The decision and responsibility is all up to you. It is your future. You decide...You better decide now.




By TerranMagistrate on 10/1/2011 5:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
There's no point. Everything has been invented already; that fellow at the patent office said so a few years back.


"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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