[FPSPACE] Chinese lunar satellite scheduled to be launched Wedensday...6 PM local time

pjp pjp961 at svol.net
Tue Oct 23 19:15:21 EDT 2007

However, there is also claims that some of the coordination could be used in
anti-satellite weaponry.



>From the Associated Press.





 <http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1915050/posts> China to test
space weapon in launching moon satellite: rights group+

Oct 23, 2007 | Not Stated

Posted on 10/23/2007 6:12:48 AM PDT


HONG KONG, Oct. 23 (AP) - (Kyodo)-A Chinese submarine will send test signals
that could change the course of a satellite when China launches its first
moon orbiter, as part of the country's effort to develop space war
technology, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. 

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said two survey ships
are deployed in the South Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean to send
signals to maneuver the lunar exploration satellite, expected to be launched
Wednesday. At the same time, a
rt.com> nuclear-powered submarine will send simulated signals to the
satellite as a test, it said in a statement. 

Once the satellite-maneuvering technology matures, the group said, China
would have the know-how to destroy other satellites in space in wartime.
China could launch cheaply-made weapon-carrying objects into space and
change their courses to destroy or damage satellites of other countries by
sending signals from submarines, the center said. 

China shocked the world in January by firing a missile at an old weather
satellite without notifying anyone in advance, showing off its
anti-satellite weaponry and its ability to shoot down satellites without
being immediately noticed. 

Hong Kong's media reported that a rocket that will carry the satellite was
being fueled up, banners of greetings on the successful launch were prepared
and farmers living near the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in mid-western
China's Sichuan Province, will be evicted one hour ahead of the launch. 

China plans to launch the satellite around 6 p.m. Wednesday, the official
Xinhua News Agency reported Monday, quoting a spokesman of the China
National Space Administration. The satellite is named Chang'e I after the
legendary Chinese goddess who, according to legend, flew to the moon. 

China's space industry enjoyed its first major success after astronaut Yang
Liwei reentered Earth after 21 hours in space in 2003 in the spacecraft
Shenzhou 5, marking China's first successful manned space mission. 

A second manned space mission was successfully concluded in 2005 after
astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng finished orbiting the Earth for five
days in the spacecraft Shenzhou 6. 


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