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2011-12-30 10:53:20

China has unveiled its plans for the country's space program for the next five years, including detailed plans about space labs and manned ships. According to the statement, China will launch space laboratories, manned spaceship and ship freighters by the end of 2016. The document also said that it will be making technological preparations for the construction of space stations as well. China's space program has already made major strides in exploration, but still lags behind both...

China Completes Rendezvous And Docking Mission
2011-11-18 05:22:50

China fully completed its first-ever space rendezvous and docking mission on Thursday after Shenzhou-8 successfully landed back on Earth. The mission completed after having successfully undergone a rendezvous and docking between the target orbiter Tiangong-1 and the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft. China's Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang on Thursday evening delivered a congratulatory note from the central authorities saying that the mission was an important milestone in the history of China's manned...

China Launches Unmanned Spacecraft Successfully
2011-11-01 09:39:01

China launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday morning, taking its space agency one step closer to having its own permanent manned space station. The Shenzhou 8 blasted off in Jiuquan, China this morning, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The agency said that Chang Wanquan, who leads China's space program, announced the launch was successful. The spacecraft will attempt to dock with an experimental module, carrying out maneuvers to couple with the Tiangong 1 that...

China Could Launch Manned Space Flights In 2012
2011-10-31 07:31:22

China is planning to launch two manned space flights in 2012 as it prepares to secure a long-term manned presence in space, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Monday. CNSA is also considering sending female astronauts aboard the spacecrafts Shenzou-9 and Shenzou-10 which will dock with the agency´s space lab Tiangong-1 next year, said Chen Shanguang, director of the Astronaut Center of China. “We must assess both male and female astronauts to...

China Launching Unmanned Spacecraft In November
2011-10-26 13:45:10

China said on Wednesday that it will launch an unmanned spacecraft early next month that will attempt to dock with an experimental module. This move is another step closer for the country to place a manned permanent space station in orbit. The Shenzhou 8 will carry out maneuvers to dock up with Tiangong 1 module, which is currently in orbit. The spacecraft will ride on a modified Long March-2F rocket into space, which were transferred to the launch pad early on Wednesday. The...

China Launching Unmanned Space Module Next Week
2011-09-21 05:05:17

  A Chinese official said on Tuesday that the country plans to launch an experimental spacecraft next week that will be a big step in developing its first space station. The Tiangong 1 will blast off from a site in the Gobi Desert between September 27 and 30, according to the Xinhua news agency. The news agency said the Tiangong 1, or "Heavenly Palace", will launch aboard the Long March rocket on a pad at Jiuquan in northwest Gansu province. "The main task of the Tiangong 1...

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2011-07-12 13:15:59

China is launching a rocket on Saturday that will carry a boxcar-sized module into orbit, which is the first step for a Chinese space station. The country's space station is set to open around 2020, which is the same year the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to close.  China is launching its space laboratory module later this year, which will test docking techniques for the space station. The Chinese space station will be smaller than the ISS, which is the size of a...

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2011-04-30 05:40:00

China's most well-known astronaut said Friday that his country and the United States should make good on promises of cooperation in space made by their respective presidents, reports Reuters. "I think the two countries should proactively implement the intent expressed in the joint communiqu© to eliminate obstacles and promote exchange and cooperation in our space programs," said Yang Liwei, now the vice director of the country's Manned Space Engineering Office. Efforts in the past to...

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2011-04-28 09:58:47

China is working on a multi-capsule space outpost that could rival the International Space Station. China unveiled plans for the new outpost yesterday, laying out details of ambitions for new space station to be built in orbit within a decade. The project is the latest phase in China's rapidly developing space program. According to the state news agency Xinhua, the space outpost will weigh around 66 tons and consist of a core module with two laboratory units for experiments. Professor...

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2011-03-04 16:10:55

Twenty of the 22 rocket manufacturing facilities are completed in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin, the Global Times said. The increasingly ambitious country is gearing up to build rockets for its budding space program with an eye towards landing astronauts on the moon.The latest rockets, named Long March IV and V will be designed and built at the 500-acre complex, AFP reports, citing Liang Xiaohong, vice head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.With a payload capacity...