December 03, 2004
Paging Alan Parson's Project... White Courtesy Phone Please

Ron gets a very observant no-prize for bringing us news that the Chinese might want to start a foil hat industry soon:

China plans to launch more than 100 satellites before 2020 to watch every corner of the country, state-run China Central Television quoted a government official as saying on Tuesday.

Aviation Week pitched this more as a sophisticated environmental monitoring project rather than some sort of giant orbital big brother. After all, it's a big country with poor infrastructure. A space-based monitoring system should make a nifty shortcut around that and allow advanced planning and crisis reaction.

Posted by scott at December 03, 2004 12:34 PM

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