Impressive projection estimate LaurieAG, well done.
I also feel that humanity could accomplish much more if we worked at Science together and held it above politics. From my understanding China has asked us Americans several times for joint missions and access to the ISS but all those request were rebuffed. I presume there is a fear among high level US military personnel that China would steal some of the advancements the US has made in space.
I see this as ridiculous, With the combined and coordinated efforts of the US, China, Russia, India, and many other countries exploring space, we would achieve goals much faster. I also believe that most countries have already acquired these closely held technological secrets, either through hacking or good ole plain physical spying at NASA.
Space travel is a chance for all the worlds countries to truly come together on one endeavor and rise above our differences. Yes countries have, can, and will use space to set up weapons aimed at each other, but space is too large to be monopolized by one country. This makes it the perfect tool to bind us together in peace as we explore the universe together. Hopefully some day space will become the great melting pot of our planet if we work together.
China has been making Japanese components and many of the worlds hi tech goods, ever since the US allowed its hyper capitalists to ship their production facilities OS along with many middle class jobs, so any military action seems like some bizarre love/hate relationship.
But there are also some loose strings still hanging with possible regards to what I called Tiangong 1's leader (or guardian) as the UTC clock on the local BOM Radar at Mt Stapylton has been behaving strangely for the past 2 days. Yesterday morning and this morning at 06:00 AEST the BOM UTC clock was 28 hours slow until they reset it around 10:00-11:00am AEST both days. We also have had cyclone Iris reform off the north Queensland coast and now, while it is not expected to cross the coastline, it is slowly tracking southwards following the coast.
As we saw with the Satview plots and times, where it appeared their radar timers were being reset during Tiangong 1's orbit passovers, it leaves only 2 possible causes if this pattern is also occurring around the world. Time to go for that long shot again.
(1) That someone is interfering with the time servers deliberately, possibly the usual suspects who use other countries passports to do their dirty work, and I don't mean Russia, North Korea, Iran, the USA or China etc. A nation of capricious people who are either extremely religious or have an unnatural murderous lust for money and power.
(2) Or Tiangong 1 was actually observing it's leader/guardian and it was this that was causing the interference in the first place. One thing I noticed about Tiangong 1's orbit is that it 'crossed' and 'passed over' at many places on the surface of this planet so that could be linked to the many religious sacred places all around the world and a common religious 'god'. There is an Island just over from where I live that has huge shell middens near the inside shore and fresh rain water basins, that are approximately 2km from the current beachfront and you can count the 8 ancient sand dunes, approximately 250m apart as you drive from one side to the other. I don't expect that the local aboriginals would have made the long trek back there unless that location was originally just behind the first dune. While the midden has been dated more recently, at 1,000 years to build each dune with natural sand gains and losses you get around 8,000 years.
In a way I kinda hope it is proven to be option 1, because if it is option 2 the useless politicians who have caused so much pain and agony to innocents on this planet, for a seat in just one 'heaven', will fervently wish that the Pope is correct when he was reported as saying that 'there is no eternal hell'!
Either way it's important that a genuine international scientific effort be undertaken for mankind's future space operations, among other things, without continuing the cloak and dagger BS.