Countdown starts for Chinas space station in 2020

Authorities in charge of the manned space program unveiled plans on Monday to build a 60-ton space station, made up of three capsules, and develop a cargo spaceship to transport supplies. The China Manned Space Engineering Office said at a news conference that it also wants the public to get involved by suggesting names for the space station, due to completed around 2020. According to documents provided by the office, the space station, weighing about 60 tons, is composed of a core ... Add a comment
 

Second moon probe next year

&$&$Another spacecraft launch likely in 2010 to prepare for space lab&$&$ China plans to launch Chang'e-2, the country's second lunar probe, at the end of 2010, space authorities announced yesterday. The design and production of Chang'e-2 is complete, and the lunar orbiter is undergoing ground tests, the State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense said yesterday in a news release. Chang'e-2 is expected to test the soft-landing technological capabi ... Add a comment
 

Expert Chinas space technology close moon landing capability

After years of development, China's space technology is close to moon landing capability, said Fu Yiqing, space expert and consultant to the Shanghai Institute of Space Propulsion (SISP). Fu, also a senior member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), said this during an interview with reporters form China News Service. New generations of Chinese taikonauts are studying moon landing technology. Although there is no big problem in the overall technical aspects of mo ... Add a comment
 

China to put Tiangong-1 into space next year

China is to put an unmanned space module into space in 2010, a space expert said in Beijing Wednesday. Weighing about 8.5 tonnes, Tiangong-1 is able to perform long-term unattended operation, which will be an essential step toward building a space station. &$&$Source:Xinhua&$&$ ... Add a comment
 

China plans to launch second lunar probe in October

China plans to launch the Chang'e-2, the country's second lunar probe, in October this year, an expert said Thursday. The satellite would be launched on a Long March 3-C carrier rocket, said Liang Xiaohong, Party chief of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Liang's remarks came just one day after Qi Faren, former chief designer of China's Shenzhou spaceships, said the count ... Add a comment
 

Shenzhou VIII to be launched in 2nd half of 2011

China will launch the "Tiangong I" space station and the "Shenzhou VIII" spaceship in the first and second half of 2011 respectively, conducting China's first rendezvous and docking test, said Niu Hongguang Wednesday, deputy commander-in-chief of the China Manned Space Program. China will also launch the "Shenzhou IX" spaceship and the "Shenzhou X" spaceship in the first and second half of 2012 respectively, realizing rendezvous and docking between the spaceships and the space station and mak ... Add a comment
 

China to conduct maiden space docking in 2011 expert

China will launch an unmanned space module, Tiangong-1, in the first half of 2011, and the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft in the second half of the year, to carry out the nation's first-ever space docking, an expert said here Wednesday. The Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 spaceships, which are also expected to dock with Tiangong-1, would be launched in 2012, said Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of China's manned space program. The two spaceships would help China establish breakthroughs and furt ... Add a comment
 

China to launch Tiangong-1 docking module in 2011

The Tiangong-1, the first docking module in China's permanent space station and also an orbiting laboratory, has been fully assembled and will be launched in 2011, according to information published on www.cmse.gov.cn, China's official manned space engineering Web site, on Aug. 17. The module is now undergoing comprehensive electrical performance tests. After passing a series of electrical, mechanical and thermal performance tests, it will be sent into the pre-set orbit in 2011, and afterward ... Add a comment
 

Moon landing gets timetable

The timetable for China's first manned moon landing, as well as the launch of a space station, lab and probes to explore Mars and Venus, was announced by scientists over the weekend. Chinese analysts, however, dismissed international concerns that Beijing is engaging in an outer-space arms race, stressing that recent activities and future missions are for scientific purposes and for the benefit of mankind. In a visit to the country's space base in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, Satur ... Add a comment
 

China plans to build its own space station in around 2020

China plans to set up the country's orbital space station by around 2020, said Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut sent into space in 2003, when visiting China's space base in Xi'an Saturday. Yang revealed that China plans to launch the unmanned space station Tiangong-1 and Shenzhou-8 in middle and the second half of 2011, which is expected to accomplish the country's first unmanned space docking test and regarded as an essential step toward building a space station. In 2012, both manned ... Add a comment
 

China to launch unmanned space module next year

China plans to launch an unmanned space module, Tiangong-1, in 2011, which is expected to accomplish the country's first space docking and regarded as an essential step toward building a space station, an expert said on Wednesday. Tiangong, or the heavenly palace, would finally be transformed into a manned space lab after experimental dockings with three Shenzhou spacecraft, which are expected to be put into space within two years following the module's launch, said Qi Faren, former chief d ... Add a comment
 

China kicks off manned space station program

China has formally begun its manned space station program, aiming to complete construction of a "relatively large" manned space laboratory around 2020, said a spokesman for the national manned space program. China was aiming to develop and launch the first part of a space laboratory before 2016, focusing on breakthroughs in living conditions for astronauts and research applications, the spokesman said. The country would develop and launch a core cabin and a second laboratory module around ... Add a comment
 

China starts manned space station project

A project to construct China's first manned space station has been officially launched and it is expected to be completed by around 2020, when a large scale national space laboratory will be also set up, according to a spokesman from the China Manned Space Engineering Project on Oct. 27. It was reported that the manned space station project included two stages of construction. By 2016, a space laboratory is expected to be developed and launched with breakthroughs in key technologies, inc ... Add a comment
 

Chinas space industry to achieve leap-forward development

China will launch Tiangong 1 target spacecraft and Shenzhou VIII unmanned spacecraft in the coming five years and the two spacecrafts will undertake China's first docking mission with each other. After this, China's space industry will achieve leap-forward development from a manned space program to building a space laboratory, China's Central Television reported on Tuesday. Chinese on Monday unveiled pictures of the moon's Sinus Iridum, or Bay of Rainbows, marking the success of China's Chan ... Add a comment
 

Tiangong-1 to be launched next year

China will launch its first unmanned space module, Tiangong-1, also known as the "target spacecraft," next year, Yan Zhongwen of the China Academy of Space Technology told Guangzhou Daily on Monday. Tiangong-1, a spacecraft module equipped with two docking ports to serve as a target for a rendezvous docking operation, is expected to enter into orbit in October 2011. It will first dock with the unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft and then the manned Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, according to Yan Zhongwen ... Add a comment
 

China to launch Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 10 spacecraft in 2012

It is reported that China will launch the Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 10 spacecraft in 2012, according to the website of China Manned Space Engineering. China has formally begun its manned space station program, aiming to complete construction of a "relatively large" manned space laboratory around 2020, said a spokesman for the national manned space program. China hopes to develop and launch the first part of a space laboratory before 2016, focusing on breakthroughs in living conditions for as ... Add a comment
 

China wows world with engineering

The country surprised the world with its engineering and technical feats in 2010, when it completed several monumental projects high in the sky, deep in the seas and in-between. China last year completed 15 successful space launches, including that of its second lunar probe, Chang'e-2, which will determine a site for the country's first unmanned moon landing around 2013. The Long March launch vehicles also sent five Beidou navigation satellites into orbit. The launches were part of the ... Add a comment
 

China announces nuclear fuel breakthrough

&$ &$This Dec 26, 2008 file photo shows a huge construction site of the expansion project of the two million-kw generating units in the Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant in Haiyan, East China's Zhejiang province. (Xinhua Photo)&$&$ Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in spent fuel reprocessing technology that could potentially solve China's uranium supply problem, Chinese television reported on Monday. The te ... Add a comment
 

Astronauts being prepped as space station nears

A research project to train astronauts and study their ability to endure space missions has been launched as the country gears up for the launching of two unmanned space modules later this year, aimed at future space dockings. The research looks into the impact of prolonged stays of astronauts in conditions of zero gravity, rapid day and night shifts, and limited living quarters, so as to guarantee their safety, health and work efficiency in space, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported ... Add a comment
 

China fired-up about manned space station

China plans to launch two manned spacecraft next year to dock with its space module, Tiangong-1, which will itself lift off later in 2011, according to a spokesman for the China Manned Space Engineering Office. The 8.5-ton Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace-1, is slated to blast off on top of a Long March 2F carrier rocket in the second half of this year, the spokesman said via a press release posted on the office's website late Wednesday. The space module, which is now undergoing tests, wil ... Add a comment
 

China to launch 1st Mars probe in 2013

Qi Faren, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and chief designer of Shenzhou spaceships, indicated on Jan. 16 that China is expected to launch the first Mars probe in 2013. The probe, Yinghuo-1(YH-1), was due to blast off in October 2009 with Russia's "Phobos Explorer" from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, but the launch was postponed. Qi Faren disclosed that China and Russia will launch the first Mars probe this year. By 2013, there will be a minimum distance betwee ... Add a comment
 

On-track for Chinas first space lab by 2016

China will launch its first space laboratory before 2016, a senior space technology expert said on Thursday. "With the technological program ready, the lab's research and development are going smoothly," said Qi Faren, former chief designer of Shenzhou (divine –ship) spaceships. As the second phase of China's manned space program, the lab - likely to be named Tiangong-2 - will gradually be developed into the core module or experiment module, said Qi. Qi, a member of the 11th Natio ... Add a comment