November 16, 2004

China space plans include hundreds of spy satellites

Wheeeeeee! I'm having fun with more scary headlines.

China plans to launch more than 100 satellites before 2020 to watch every corner of the country, state-run China Central Television quoted a government official as saying Tuesday.

They're gonna watch over their own country. Which is pretty much what we do too. Check it out:

A "large surveying network" would be set up to monitor water reserves, forests, farmland, city construction and "various activities of society," a government official said without elaborating.

It's that "various activities of society" that makes one wonder though. Like Rocket Jones, the Chinese seem to have better success with the 'up' part of rocket launches than the 'down' part.

Last month, the retrievable chamber of China's 20th recoverable satellite returned to Earth with a bang, crashing through the roof of a house.

Posted by Ted at November 16, 2004 04:56 AM
Category: Space Program

Why don't we just get someone in State to offer to sell the Chinese what our satellites are showing? Heh.

Posted by: Victor at November 16, 2004 08:24 AM
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