CHINESE PLANS FOR A LUNAR RADAR STATION
As I mentioned earlier this week, the space-related stories are coming out fast and furiously, and they invite a certain amount of dot connecting. Think, for example, of the stories I blogged about previously this week, and connect a few dots with this one. With that in mind, here we go:
Remember those stories a few years ago about the Japanese architectural firm's plans to build a huge microwave power station on the Moon, and beam power back to the Earth? If not, see this story:
Well, you may or may not recall that China responded to this Japanese plan by pointing out the obvious, and the obvious wwas that such a huge installation would in actuality be a weapon, able to fry significant portions of the Earth's surface (see
Well, Mr. D. S.M. sent along this article in response to my previous blog about China's launch of a quantum communications satellite:
China Working on Building a Manned Radar Station on the Moon
Note, firstly, this statement:
The facility would be used for defense monitoring and scientific research, and South China Morning Post reported that the base’s powerful radar antenna array at least 50 metres high “could also produce more powerful and clearer images of earth as the high-frequency microwaves emitted by the radar station could not only penetrate cloud, but also the earth’s surface, allowing it to monitor areas on land, under the sea and underground.” (Emphasis added)
Note the use of the planned station for "scientific research": as I pointed out a few days ago in another blog, under current international treaties, the Moon may not be weaponized nor may it be "privatized," but under loopholes, anyone can establish a base for "research," and that research, notably, is undefined, permitting one to build just about anything. The real question then becomes: is this merely one of those studies that countries occasionally sponsor in order to establish parameters for their long range goals, or is this in aid of something else?
In the context of those blogs I wrote three years ago about the Japanese "microwave power plant" idea and its naked potential for weaponization, and the Chinese response indicating that they, at least, weren't being fooled by the Japanese plans, then it raises equal questions about Chinese plans for 50 meter tall radar antennae being powered by nuclear power plants, for a phased radar array, if made sufficiently power, might be able to do other things, like slow-cooking a meal, for instance.
So why the Moon? Wouldn't it be more cost effective to simply build a ring of nuclear powered satellites to do much the same thing, if all one wanted to do was to monitor the Earth for "defense" and "science research" purposes?
And that raises the question, then, of just what the Chinese are up to. For the purposes of our high octane speculation of the day, recall in this regard two things: (1) first recall the recent launch of a Chinese quantum communcations satellite, an essential component not only for secure military communications, but also for secure international financial clearing. Think of it this way: would you rather trust the relatively "hackable" satellite clearing systems of SWIFT in Brussels, or a nearly hack-proof system of communications relying on quantum encryption? (2) Secondly, recall that China also recently announced that it wanted to be the first nation to send and land a probe on the far side of the Moon.
Think about that for a moment, for that means in order to be able to do so, China will first have to orbit communications satellites around the Moon in order to be able to control the lander and to receive any images and test results it may send back to Earth.
Now, a radar station actually on the Moon would be of inestimable benefit both to a system of quantum communications and financial clearing, and to the project of landing something on the far side of the Moon and controlling communications with it securely. A Seleno-SWIFT in the Sea of Tranquility would be far more secure than the one in Brussels.
But why go to all that effort and expense? Well, one high octane speculation presents itself and is, more or less, immediately apparent: such steps would be absolutely essential for an interplanetary commerce and financial clearing, and essential to defending it militarily... and as the article also suggests, when China is "first" to do something, it usually trumpets the fact, and in this instance, does not do so, which raises all sorts of thorny questions of its own...
See you on the flip side...
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On the mundane side, a Chinese landing of a probe on the far side of the Moon would be a face-saving maneuver. The Soviets and US racked-up all the important ‘firsts’, long ago. A farside-landing would be a Chinese ‘we’re here, too’ declaration – for it’s public and for the international prestige.
On the more speculative side, I would guess that the Chinese are tired of taking the West’s word that the Moon is just cold, dead rock. Move along; nothing to see here. The only way around that situation is ‘boots on the ground’. Research there will be; just not what is publicly bandied-about.
What I am curious-about is the ‘source-data’ that prompted the Chinese decision to invest mega-money in this operation…
Maybe the Chineese plan to build their massive particle collider up there on the moon? I wouldn’t recommend nesting those kind of fields inside one another on this planet. From my point of view there shouldn’t be one here in the first place, but that’s besides the point.
No mention of asteroids or ET’s, hmmmm. If there are, indeed, bases already on the far side of the moon, who might they belong to and would they be allowed to actually build a manned base there by “whoever”? Just how far out does that “ancient treaty” limit our travels?
If China didn’t say it wont be the first radar station the Moon. Then the question is who established the first radar station and when and how long has been operating. Inquiring minds want to know.
In our modern times, Nazis most like.
Or Fu Manchu …
Ah Spaceship Galileo or Iron Sky.
If the orbital belt is the new “high ground”, a Moon base is obviously even “higher”.
Would the Chinese system allow for safe transfer of soley money backed by governments only? I mean free from the privatly owned consortiums and its enforcing debt IMF to squeeze every ounce out of their victims?
Or are they just replacing the old with the new and take over the very old rackett that enslaves humanity since forever?