In China presented a model of "competitor" ISS

A partial model of Chinese space station is seen on display at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai south China

The 17-metre (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aerospace industry exhibition.

However, China's future space station is about to change everything.

Chinese authorities aim to complete the assembly of the space station by 2022 with a projected lifespan of around ten years.

Roscosmos said the two other computer systems are sufficient for safe operation of the station indefinitely, but it wants the third one back online "to ensure the reliability" of next week's scheduled docking with an uncrewed Russian Progress cargo spacecraft.

The station will be able to carry more than 10 tons of scientific and experimental equipment. China announced earlier this year that they would allow other countries to conduct experiments on-board Tiangong.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

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The space station program is called Tiangong, which means "Heavenly Palace" in Chinese. China has received 40 from 27 countries and regions, proposals that still need to be the subject of a selection, reported in October, State television CCTV.

While most of us are still trailing behind with 4k televisions or sets with a likely much lower resolution, NASA sent a Helium RED 8k ultra high definition (UHD) camera to the International Space Station to capture some unbelievable videos.

"I'm sure over time China will be successful developing partnerships", said Bill Ostrove, space analyst with US -based Forecast International consultancy.

But Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and India will continue to play "major roles" in space exploration, while private firms are becoming increasingly important in the sector, Ostrove added.

"Many countries, and increasingly private companies and universities, have space programs, but can not afford to build their own space station", he said.

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