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July 27 – August 2, 2015 / Vol 34, No 30 / Hawai`i Island, USA

24 Jul 2015, 20:31 UTC
July 27 – August 2, 2015 / Vol 34, No 30 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Pacific Space Access: Expanding Horizons
Inauguration of Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, a new world-class Pacific-based space launching center and Moonport at Hainan Island off of China’s South-East coast line, expected in 2016, will set a new era of Pacific Space Access diversification. With direct seaport access, southernmost territorial position and other upgrades, Wenchang will be capable of accommodating larger China rockets for crewed spaceflight and deep space missions. China is also reported to be considering orbital sea-launching technologies. Southeast Asia rising as a cohesive entity similar in ways to Europe (population, land area, diversity, regional organizations) signals a potential 7th spacefaring power in the making. Malaysia and Vietnam have human spaceflight experience via international partnerships. Indonesia spanning 1/8th of the equator has a space agency established for over 50 years and serious launch ambitions. Thailand has some of the leading astronomical resources in Asia. Philippines maintains strong meteorological programs driven by necessity of monitoring typhoons. Singapore is a major cultural, commercial and logistics hub. These resources could coalesce in to “SEASA” a Southeast Asia Space Agency. Further afield in East Asia as whole are various programs, developments, initiatives and potentials in Russia, Korea, Japan to the North, Australia, New Zealand ...

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