Full power

China’s spatial program is once again getting media coverage. Engineers have their eyes set on developing a powerful engine for the next generation of space rockets.

Capable of generating 5 times more thrust than the current generation, the new rocket would have a single objective: sending a spacecraft to the moon.

Why would a developing country spend resources on spatial conquest? For sure China is not alone. Both Indonesia and India seem keen on getting space rockets of their own. There are evident economic reasons as launching satellites for “rocket-less” countries and firms provides a good source of revenue. In spite of the relative lack of gravity a presence in space also carries its geopolitical weight Finally the space race offers a welcome distraction from more earthly matters such as rising inequality while boosting the pride of the nation.