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China Launching Tiangong-1 On Thursday Or Friday
2011-09-27 12:58:23

Juiquan Satellite Launch Center reports that last-minute preparations for the launch of the Tiangong-1 spacecraft began on Monday. These preparations mean that China could soon be completing its first rendezvous and docking mission in space. China Daily reported that crews were putting pipes and cables in place that will be used to inject fuel into the rocket to help carry the Tiangong-1 into outer space. The Xinhua News Agency reported that the Long March II-F rocket will launch...

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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2011-04-30 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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2011-03-04 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...

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2011-01-03 06:35:00

China, working jointly with Russia, plans to launch its first Mars probe in October after a two-year delay, state media reported on Sunday. Yinghuo-1 was due to blast off in October 2009 along with Russia's "Phobos Explorer" from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but the launch was postponed, Xinhua news agency said. The media report, quoting an anonymous expert at China Academy of Space Technology, said the launch was pushed back to October 2011. It also reported that China plans to...

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2010-09-28 12:03:12

State media reported Tuesday that China is making final preparations to launch its second lunar probe, possibly as soon as Friday, when the country marks 61 years of communist rule. The official China Daily reported that a launch rocket carrying the Chang'e-2 has been set up in the southwestern province of Sichuan. It said that chief program engineers have arrived at the satellite launch center in the city of Xichang to carry out final tests.  The launch could take place on October 1,...

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2010-09-10 11:25:00

State media said Friday that China is set to launch its second lunar satellite by year's end, as the country pursues its plans for a manned mission to the moon by 2020. People's Daily said, citing Wu Weiren, a senior engineer overseeing the program, that preparations for the launch of the Chang'e-2 probe are going smoothly. The paper said that the Chang'e-2 mission "is currently undergoing pre-launch testing and preparations -- the plan is to carry out a trial flight mission by the end of...

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2010-08-17 09:45:00

China has completed work on their first module for an unmanned space station, and currently plan to put the module into orbit sometime next year, according to Xinhua News Agency reports on Tuesday. The 8.5 metric ton Tiangong-1 "is expected to carry out China's first space docking, with the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, which will be launched in the second half of 2011," according to Xinhua reporters. Citing an unidentified source from the Chinese military, the news agency also said that officials...

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2010-03-11 06:20:00

Two Chinese women have been selected as part of a seven-person interstellar crew, marking the first time in China's history that females will participate in the nation's growing space program. The unnamed women, both of whom have been identified as aero-transport pilots from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, will join five men in China's second-generation of astronauts, according to Zhang Jianqi, the former deputy commander of the China National Space Administration. "In the...

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2010-03-04 06:20:00

State media said Wednesday that China has postponed the next step in its ambitious space station program until 2011 for technical issues. Xinhua news agency cited rocket designer Qi Faren as saying that China had originally planned to place the Tiangong-1 space module in orbit later this year, and undertake experimental docking maneuvers in subsequent missions. However, Qi said that the initial launch has now been delayed by a year due to "technical reasons." Qi made this statement on the...


Latest Shenzhou programme Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Taikonaut -- Taikonaut is a term used for as-yet hypothetical astronauts launched by China. China has, as of 2003, conducted a number of unmanned launches of its Shenzhou spacecraft. On January 2, Shanghai aerospace centre director Yuan Jie announced that they were aiming to launch their first manned mission in the second half of 2003. The term was coined by Western media based on the term "taikong" (太空 in pinyin: tai4 kong1), Chinese for space. Compare to the term...

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