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China Wants to Build a Mega Spaceship That’s Nearly a Mile Long

China is investigating how to build ultra-large spacecraft that are up to 0.6 mile (1 kilometer) long. But how feasible is the idea, and what would be the use of such a massive spacecraft?


The project is part of a wider call for research proposals from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, a funding agency managed by the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology. A research outline posted on the foundation’s website described such enormous spaceships as “major strategic aerospace equipment for the future use of space resources, exploration of the mysteries of the universe, and long-term living in orbit.”

该项目是中国国家自然科学基金委员会(National Natural Science Foundation of China,简称:国家自然科学基金委)向中国科技部(Ministry of Science and Technology)发起的一项更广泛的研究提议的一部分。该基金会网站上发布的一份研究大纲将这些巨大的宇宙飞船描述为“用于未来利用空间资源、探索宇宙奥秘和长期在轨道上生活的重要战略航天设备。”

The foundation wants scientists to  conduct research into new, lightweight design methods that could limit the amount of construction material that has to be lofted into orbit, and new techniques for safely assembling such massive structures in space. If funded, the feasibility study would run for five years and have a budget of 15 million yuan ($2.3 million).


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