Beijing seems to be seeking to realize its ambition to dominate both the Moon and the Earth when it wants to establish an economic zone in space by 2050.
Bao Weimin, head of the Science and Technology Committee at China Aerospace Science and Technology Group (CAST) last week revealed this ambition.
China plans to acquire the Moon, setting goals for 2050. (Artwork: RT)
CAST is currently the main contractor for the national space program for creating an economic zone in space between the Earth and the Moon . The economic zone is defined to include areas of space near the Earth, Moon and the space in between.
This field has huge economic potential and therefore the country should study reliable, low-cost space transportation systems between the Earth and its satellites.
Experts say that the project could create a service area worth US $ 10,000 billion per year for China. The companies participating in the project will focus on three main areas: space transport, space resource discovery and space-based infrastructure.
Basic technology is expected to be completed by 2030, while key transportation technology is expected to be created by 2040. By mid-century, China may successfully establish the zone. Space economy .
Bao pledged that the country would study reliable transport, cost and flight between Earth and Moon.
The study of the moon has become a huge area of Chinese focus. The country has rapidly developed the field of space and studied the Moon in recent years.
In July, i-Space, a private company (also known as Beijing Glorious Space Technology Company), launched a rocket carrying the first successful mission in orbit of the space industry. China.
China launched the Chang'e-4 (Chang'e-4) probe , which successfully landed in the dark half of Earth's largest natural satellite (also known as the invisible half of the Moon - Far side). of the Moon). This is a historical event because before, no astronaut or self-propelled robot has set foot on this secret world of the Moon.
Hang Nga-4 lands on the Moon.(Photo: SpaceNews).
Later this year, China will launch the Hang Nga-5 ship , bringing samples of Moon materials to Earth. Then there will be the Hang Nga-6 ship , taking samples from the South Antarctic Moon, the Hang Nga-7 ship exploring the South Pole to understand the structure of this area. The Hang Nga-8 will test key technologies such as 3D printing technology to build research stations.
Chinese scientists have made an important step forward in 3D printing technology in microgravity: successfully completed 3D printing technology using ceramic materials in 2018. Ceramic material is the same material. like silicate molecules on the Moon.
In the 2016 China White Paper on space activities, the space program was considered an integral part of fulfilling the country's economic development goals.
China's space program aims to create wealth for the country through an economy based on space technology. Currently, the world 's space - based economy is valued at US $ 350 billion and is expected to reach 2.7 trillion by 2040.
In addition, the future of space mining industry has huge potential.
Scientists estimate that a platinum-rich journey of small size, about 200 meters in diameter, could be worth up to $ 30 billion. The 2011 asteroid UW158, which was 2.4 million kilometers from Earth in 2015, is estimated to have a platinum worth of $ 5,000 billion.
It is estimated that on the surface of the Moon there are resources such as thorium (nuclear material safer than traditional uranium), magnesium, platinum, titanium, silicon, ice, aluminum and iron ore.