the United States does not want too fast growth in China, that's in the 1990 s, when the international space station in the development of the United States, Russia to launch their own project, when China wanted to join in, the United States to stop, however, Chinese are excluded.From containment technology in order to contain China's development, this is the usual trick.
however, in the development of the international space station could not as America hopes, China seems to be the down the yong, the more the containment, the more China's rapid development, after decades of efforts, China has built up his own space station.Yet Russia has come out from this project may exit of bad news, the British media speculated that time may in 2024.Russia's exit is not to say that give up the development of the field, but turned to cooperate with China.
no doubt America's technological prowess, but on the space station project is dominated by Russia, once the lack of Russia may be the whole project will be late.The United States will face two choices, one is to give Russia exchange interests more to maintain the two countries on the space station development sustainability, or bow to China, to seek the cooperation of two countries, and no other way.
compared with the existing international space station, made in China are much smaller, the total length of less than 20 meters, the core module, longest 4 meters in diameter and two long 15 meters, maximum diameter of lab 4 meters, which is located in the former two side, T glyph on the whole.Space for the first time and operating time for ten years is quite good, the key is when conditions are ripe, can build bigger and better space station.
although there are gap in size with the international space station, Russia more identity is the international cooperation, and not the size of the space station.Obviously Russia wants to highlight the importance of partners.
on the cooperation of the space station, Russia choose cooperation with China is actually a win-win situation, China will be able to get more space station technology from Russia, Russia will no longer be subject to a shortage of funds.Stakeholders naturally affected party, new cooperation is very adverse to western countries, if the Russian opt out, the existing international space station after retirement, impossible to build a new space station to replace, all space research.So, the United States how to choice?