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Tiangong: China may gain a monopoly on space stations - here's what to expect

By Steffi Paladini, Reader in Economics & Global Security, Birmingham City University
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China launched Tianhe-1, the first and main module of a permanent orbiting space station called Tiangong (Heavenly Palace 天 宫), on April 29. Two additional science modules (Wentian and Mengtian) will follow in 2022 in a series of missions that will complete the station and allow it to start operations.

While the station is not China’s first – the country has already launched…

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