Research by an American firm reveals that China leads in the deployment of satellites to space, stirring up a competition with the US over this development. Nevertheless, experts explained that the US is still far ahead in aerospace programs, launch operations, and technological nobility. Bryce Space and Technology reported that China had sent two more satellites than the US bringing its tally to 29. The two satellites are not a huge difference that the US cannot surpass, making the argument vague in a way considering the potential that the US possesses. Russia came in third on the list, having deployed eight satellites, with France closing the top five with six satellites.
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation topped the deployment list for companies surpassing Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The CASTC made 25 deployments while SpaceX managed to rollout only 15. China has been aggressive to ensure that its space program of developing a space station in the next two years proceeds as planned before they eventually develop a moon station before 2045. China deployed the last satellite to fill up the BeiDou navigation system mid this year. This move created rivalry for the US’s Global Positioning System. Beijing also reported that they had deployed an experimental reusable spacecraft, which the Xinhua news media termed as a generator for peace conductance in space.
Michael Raska of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore emphasized that China’s aerospace programs, technologies, and potential have been unfolding over the years. This year, they are marking one of its notable successes. Raska added that China has cashed in to the space vehicles, control centers, space weaponization, and the development of advanced navigation and communication satellites to cover more ground on its advances.
China’s military expert, Ni Lexiong, insisted that China is still far behind in space technologies compared to the US. He explained that the US doesn’t like China’s advancement in space operations for fear that it would overtake it and become a space giant. Ni said that technological advancement and versatility are the basis for one country having a comparative advantage over the other countries. Any country that displays its military prowess in space faces allegations and evil talks from the US in a bid to discourage it so that it can make a detour from this standing.
Ni stated that the government’s support for China’s space activities has not been sufficient to help the industry surpass the potential of America’s SpaceX and Blue Origin. These two companies have been pressing their launch activities, making SpaceX the most active deployment company globally. Additionally, China has struggled with launch mishaps in which it lost two satellites. Although more countries are developing their constellations in space, Ni reported that the US’s Starlink constellation is far ahead in terms of technology and deployment operations.
In conclusion, Raska admitted that countries are joining the race to explore space. Those countries with launch deficiencies apply for rideshare opportunities to ensure that they also mark their footsteps in space operations.