A full scale mockup of China’s lunar rover is pictured ahead of its Chinese lander. The mission is set for launch in 2013.

India Races China in Space For Asian Prestige, Military Security

By Craig Covault
Posted December 13, 2012 10:05 AM

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By Craig Covault

A surging space race between India and China is underway amidst nearly a dozen other Asian nations, like India, trying to avoid a loss of prestige or military security to China’s aggressive space program.

“There is definitely a space race between India and China for top regional prestige and influence,” says James Clay Moltz, a professor in the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School’s Dept. of National Security Affairs, Monterey, Calif.

“Evidence shows the two countries’ are watching each other’s activities in space very carefully and keeping score as to who is gaining and losing influence,” Moltz told Space Quarterly.

China with seemingly no limits on its space budget or engineering talent is sailing a steady course. It is advancing across all space disciplines with no outward regard to India’s space program, except for one important factor–”that India may develop retaliatory capabilities in response to China’s 2007 ASAT test,” said Bharath Gopalaswamy, associate director of Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is a noted PhD analyst on India’s nuclear and military space directions.

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