Projects with dual technology use like this should always get a second look. Satellite launches in the name of ‘science’ are often disguising ICBM technology and its capability, as seen by Iran, for example. What China could possibly do with an underwater lab is create an underwater drone launching facility. It could be done from the shore no problem, but this makes it harder to detect.
China plans to continue to develop the South China Sea. This time, Beijing has set a goal to build an oceanic ‘space station’, as deep as 3,000 meters underwater, Bloomberg reports, quoting a Science Ministry presentation.
If successful, this will be the first project for long-term human habitation at such depths.
“Having this kind of long-term inhabited station has not been attempted this deep, but it is certainly possible. Manned submersibles have gone to those depths for almost 50 years. The challenge is operating it for months at a time,” Bryan Clark from the Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments told Bloomberg.
At present, there is no information on the costs and timeline, but Beijing had previously talked about the importance of developing the deep waters of the South China Sea.
Full article: Beijing to build 10,000ft deep underwater lab in South China Sea (Russia Today)