Space station turf war is coming – who will own low Earth orbit?

 作者:何玟渎     |      日期:2019-03-07 08:12:07
NASA THE International Space Station just got a bit bigger. Last week, a SpaceX rocket delivered an inflatable fabric habitat to the station, the first room added since 2011. A few days later, the firm behind it, Bigelow Aerospace, announced plans for its own orbiting platform by 2020. Bigelow isn’t alone in eyeing up expansion into low Earth orbit. The next decade will see a realignment of space real estate, as China, Russia, the US and private firms all vie for position. As with any space flight endeavour, ambitions, timescales and cold hard cash don’t always sync up,