I guess that's what happens when you don't have a Soviet Union for competition.
The Soviet Union was never competition. They were made to appear
to be competition in the news media such that our own government could control us.
It is America which gave the Soviets advanced Inertial Navigation manufacturing equipment necessary for space travel. It is America which gave the Soviets advanced computer technology to take advantage of the INS equipment.
Military Aid to the Soviet Union
Bryant Chuck and Grinder Company..miniature ball bearing manufacturing for INS equipment. Sent to the Soviet Union with the approval of the US State Department. Non Strategic Materials and equipment.
The United States has been the most ardent supporter of the Soviet Union...throughout their history...from the October Revolution unto today.
The Soviets had so much equipment which looked like ours...unto today.
And so too...today...do the Chinese.
Is there a pattern going on here?? Think it through.
For now...someone does not want this space technology leaking to the Chinese and Russians.
Eventually...politics will hijack the program and the tech will filter out to these other countries. Just as it did with some of our nuclear weapons designs.