Chang’e-6 and China’s three-stage program for Moon control

Chang’e-6 and China’s three-stage program for Moon control

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 5, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher The Chinese and American “new race” to the Moon was advanced by two major developments in the first week of June 2024. On June 4, China’s second sample-return Moon landing probe, Chang’e-6, successfully launched its 2-kilogram (4.4 lbs) Moon sample carrying ascending stage into Lunar […]

CCP’s played North Korean space card to disrupt China-Japan-South Korea summit

CCP’s played North Korean space card to disrupt China-Japan-South Korea summit

Special to CosmicTribune.com, May 29, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher China’s play was a classic exercise in coercion straight out of a 1930s gangland movie: Pay me and I will make sure my crazy cousin does not thump you! But in this case, on March 26 China had gathered in Seoul, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida […]

Russia has not lost its ambition to be a space superpower

Russia has not lost its ambition to be a space superpower

Special to CosmicTribune.com, May 15, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher Despite its many self-inflicted crises and its increasing political-economic subordination to China, Russia is still striving for a superpower level space program with ambitions to compete with the United States and China on the Moon. But in addition, Russia’s space program is growing less transparent […]

NASA concerned about China’s military motives for Moon missions

NASA concerned about China’s military motives for Moon missions

Special to CosmicTribune.com, May 8, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher On April 17 before the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Appropriations, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) director Bill Nelson expressed his concerns about China beating the United States back to the Moon: “It is incumbent on us to get there first and to […]

Elon Musk pursues win-win-win amid U.S.-China existential showdown

Elon Musk pursues win-win-win amid U.S.-China existential showdown

Special to CosmicTribune.com, May 1, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher Elon Musk’s “surprise” April 28 visit to China to meet with Chinese Premier Li Qiang, blowing off a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a continuation of the strategy he has employed to rise above, even to survive near-violent U.S.-China strategic contest: Increase […]

Xi announces the PLA Aerospace Force

Xi announces the PLA Aerospace Force

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 24, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher As President Donald Trump revealed the new flag of the United States Space Force, on May 20, 2020, Chinese state media Global Times intoned, “China upholds the ideals for peaceful use of outer space and opposes weaponizing it or seeking out a celestial sprint to […]

Japan, Turkey shoot for the Moon by conflicting means

Japan, Turkey shoot for the Moon by conflicting means

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 17, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher American allies Japan and Turkey have chosen divergent paths to the Moon: Japan via its longstanding alliance with the United States and Turkey via a new potentially problematic alliance with China. Japan long ago decided that its alliance with the United States formed the basis […]

U.S. warns China’s geospatial intelligence support for Russia lowers space warfare threshold

U.S. warns China’s geospatial intelligence support for Russia lowers space warfare threshold

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 10, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher Two years into its war against Ukraine, Russia’s military strategy has devolved to one barbaric word: Attrition. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has revived historic strategies against Ukraine that worked against Napoleon and then Hitler: Sacrifice as many Russian soldiers as necessary to wear down the […]

Space fusion power makes Solar System more accessible

Space fusion power makes Solar System more accessible

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 3, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher A key determinant for future geostrategic space power will be speed, the ability to access distant destinations more rapidly than opponents. Chemical engines dependent on kerosene, methane and oxygen are very slow compared to the potential of nuclear fission propelled engines, that could halve the […]

U.S. Space Force finally acknowledges military dimension of China’s Moon plans

U.S. Space Force finally acknowledges military dimension of China’s Moon plans

Special to CosmicTribune.com, March 27, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher The United States Space Force is catching on: China’s Moon program is of direct concern to the security of the United States and its allies. During a March 18 program sponsored by the Aerospace Corporation, Brigadier Gen. Anthony Mastalir, Commander of the U.S. Space Forces […]

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