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    New satellite helps space exploration
    China blasted off a new data relay satellite, Tianlian I-02, on Monday at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern Sichuan province. The new satellite will bolster the country's satellite communication network for space docking. The satellite was launched on a Long March-3C carrier rocket at 11:41 pm, sources at the center told Xinhua News Agency. The satellite separated from the rocket 26 minutes after its launch and was then successfully delivered into a geostationary tr ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 19:51
    Tiangong 1 about to launch
    According to China Manned Space Engineering (CMSE), the Tiangong 1 target spacecraft, which will carry out China's first space rendezvous and docking task, has been successfully gone through a series of evaluation test and was transmitted to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on June 29 to be given a final check before launching. Since the Shenzhou 7 successfully accomplished a series of extra-vehicular activities on Sept. 9, 2008, China has proceeded to develop space rendezvous and docking rela ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 19:52
    China sees smooth preparation for launch of unmanned module in 2nd half of this year
    China is satisfied with preparatory work completed thus far for the launching of two unmanned space modules, the Tiangong-1 and Shenzhou-8, in the second half of this year, said deputy head of China's Manned Space Engineering Office Yang Liwei on Friday. The two space modules will participate in the first space docking maneuver ever conducted by Chinese astronauts, said Yang. More than 50 reporters from 33 foreign media organs visited the center on Friday to hear his remarks. The 8.5-to ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 20:07
    Chinese women could be in space by 2012
    China's female astronauts could fly into space as soon as the latter half of next year, said a senior official in charge of the manned space program on Friday. According to the program schedule, a space module Tiangong-1 and the Shenzhou VIII spacecraft will be launched in the latter half of this year in the first unmanned rendezvous and docking mission. Yang Liwei, deputy director of China Manned Space Engineering Office and also China's first astronaut in space, said that next year C ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 20:07
    China solicits names for manned space station
    China officially initiated soliciting names for the country's first manned space station from Chinese people around the world on Monday. The activity will take place over several months. An official micro-blog was launched to solicit name and logo for the space station. Wang Wenbao, director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO), said during a news conference that China's manned space station program should also have a distinctive logo to match its magnificent blueprin ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 20:07
    Countdown starts for China's 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 ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 20:58
    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 ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 20:35
    On-track for China's 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 ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 20:33
    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 ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 20:35
    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 ...
    Ecrit le 29/08 20:34