Despite past ruthless deadlocks, SpaceX managed to overcome many obstacles and become a successful private space company. It was last Saturday when the company launched yet another flawless cargo mission. There was a reused spacecraft that sent essential supplies to the International Space Station which is 250 miles above our Blue Planet. However, this seemingly basic mission carried another precious cargo as well. This is about a Chinese experiment that managed to bypass a U.S. ban.
The Chinese Experiment Looks into Gene Mutation
For many years now, the space industry functioned under a ban on collaboration between the United States and China. However, on Saturday, Elon Musk’s space company delivered a Chinese experiment to ISS. This asset revolves around gene mutation and what effects it gets from space radiation. These efforts might prove to be of value for streamlining human space travel experience.
The entities behind this research are Beijing Institute Technology and NanoRacks. They paid SpaceX around $200,000 to collaborate with them for transportation preparations and data collection as well. Even though it is common for scientists to turn to space for research purposes, this is a special event nonetheless. This is because such a partnership marks the first time the U.S. section from Space Station has ever carried out a Chinese experiment.
The First Chinese U.S. Collaboration Was Possible Thanks to NanoRacks
While the space industry is highly dependent on international collaboration, there was a ban in 2011 on any ties between Chinese and U.S. efforts. Republican John Culberson gave a clear explanation for this peculiarity. As long as the Chinese space program remains under the control of People’s Liberation Army and its government, it will always be in danger of being employed as a tool for cyber espionage. Therefore, American lawmakers don’t want NASA to serve illegal purposes unknowingly.
SpaceX did not offer any comment on the licensing conditions of their recent mission. However, NanoRacks described its collaboration with the Beijing Institute as completely sealed against any interference that might penetrate the discretion of the Space Station system. As a consequence, the controversial experiment did not need the State Department approval to be sent to the U.S. space section.
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