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2008-09-16 12:10:00

China space officials have announced the names of three astronauts who will carry out the country's third manned space mission. Zhai Zhigang, a 42-year-old fighter pilot, has been chosen to perform the country's first spacewalk. Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng will join him on the Shenzhou VII mission - set to launch on 25 September at 1310 GMT (2110 local time). The "yuhanguan" (astronauts) were making final preparations for the lift-off, according to the State-run news agency Xinhua. The...

2008-09-08 08:40:00

China's third manned space mission will launch in late September according to Xinhua, a state-run news agency. China's first spacewalk will occur during the Shenzhou VII flight and will be broadcast live with cameras outside and inside the spacecraft. Previous reports dated the launch to occur in October, but new information shows that the launch will take place between September 25 and 30. In 2003, China became the third nation to send a human into space. The new mission will launch from...

2008-09-07 12:00:16

Chinese officials have announced plans for their first space walk to take place later this month. The manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 will lift off sometime between Sept. 25 and Sept. 30 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu Province, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Sunday. "All the major systems involved in the launching are now in the final preparation," a spokesman said Saturday. "The main tests for the spacecraft, the Long-March II-F rocket, suits for...

2008-09-07 06:00:03

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua "China Exclusive": "China To Launch Manned Spacecraft Shenzhou-7 Between Sept. 25-30"] Jiuquan, Gansu Province, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) - China's manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 will be launched at an appropriate time between Sept. 25 and 30 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern Gansu Province, a spokesman said here on Saturday. The crew had conducted drills and their controlling...

2008-07-28 12:00:54

China to build world-class space industry in seven years BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua) -- China aims to attain the world level in space technology development by building a comprehensive aerospace industry by 2015, the country's Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC) said here on Friday. According to a blueprint released by the state-owned company, CASTC was to set up four more scientific research and production bases including Tianjin, Inner Mongolia and Hainan. The move...

2008-07-10 09:00:09

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "1st Ld: China's Shenzhou VII Shuttle Shipped To Jiuquan for Octoberlaunch Mission"] BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) - China's third manned spaceship, Shenzhou VII, set to launch in October, reached the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gansu Province on Thursday, a source with the launch centre said. The space shuttle was transported to the launch centre by air from Beijing...

2008-07-01 12:00:00

The research team that developed Shenzhou VII, China's third manned space launch, will start final testing after arriving at a north-western satellite launch centre in a few days, said a space mission official here on Tuesday. The research and development team of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC) will set out for the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in early July, said Zhang Bainan, chief designer of Shenzhou VII. He said the spacecraft passed inspections by CASC and an...

2008-06-28 12:01:00

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) JIUQUAN, Northwest China, June 28 (Xinhua) - Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng, the crew of Shenzhou spacecraft 6, carried the Olympic flame Saturday in the torch relay at the "Dongfeng Space City" in northwest China's Gansu province. A total of 22 bearers took part in the relay in the satellite launch base as most of which were top experts in China's spaceflight programme. Fei, 43, and Nie, 44, had been...

2008-02-29 16:28:23

China has successfully tested the spacesuits and airlock to be used in its first-ever spacewalk during a spaceflight later this year, the nation's state-run media has reported. The spacewalk will take place during the Shenzhou 7 mission, China's third manned spaceflight, which is set to launch from Jiuquan, Gansu province, in October 2008, according to recent reports by the Xinhua News Agency and China Daily. "Both the airlock module and the extravehicular spacesuit passed the...

2007-10-23 20:07:18

HONG KONG -- A Chinese submarine will send test signals that could change the course of a satellite when China launches its first moon orbiter, as part of the country's effort to develop space war technology, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said two survey ships are deployed in the South Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean to send signals to maneuver the lunar exploration satellite, expected to be launched Wednesday. At the...

Latest Shenzhou programme Reference Libraries

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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