One week ago (Wed, June 26), the Shenzhou 10 crew landed back on Earth after a successful trip to their

mini space station. The 3person crew spent a record fifteen days in space. The entire mission was considered a flawless success from initial launch to landing but the technique used to carry out the endeavour does not exacty represent cutting edge space technology. Using a carrier rocket to launch a space capsule to space was first done by the USSR and the US over fifty years ago and the US was the first to use the space shuttle or spaceplane in place of space capsules. However, the American space shuttle or spaceplane was greatly flawed in its design from the start. It was given a very large internal volume for storing cargo in addition to its large external dimnesions. But nobody on Earth could interfere with the US. The trend in the 21st century is to go for small spaceplanes or mini space shuttles for launching humans into space orbit. Such mini shuttles are now being developed by ‘private’ companies in the US and Europe. This path should be the way for future Shenzhou launches. But such launches must be done with extreme caution. The use of EMP-resistant and anti-interference electronics must take top priority. This is to avoid becoming a victim of ‘toppling’ a technique used for throwing the gyroscopic controls of a rocket off balance using a very high radio frequency burst (typically a laser or microwave signal). This technique is also known as the ‘plausible deniablity’ technique because it is virtually untraceable.

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