In this episode, we discuss the current state and objectives of China’s space program with Professor Joan Johnson-Freese.
Conducting activities in space embodies the pinnacle of technological achievement. Only a handful of countries have the capability to indigenously launch payloads into space. China sits among this elite group, but closing the technology gap with more-advanced space powers will require China to make significant headway.
China is seeking to enhance its domestic capacity for scientific and technological innovation by building a permanent manned space station. Developing further space capabilities can enhance China’s international prestige and enhance its technological prowess.