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China To Launch First Astronauts After National Day
Hong Kong - Sep 16, 2003
China is set to send its yuhangyuan ("astronaut") into space in October with the liftoff to occur by the middle of the month, Wen Wei Po in Hong Kong reports today (Sept. 15).

Will China Go Solo On First Mission
Sydney - Sep 03, 2003
In the final weeks before China's first human space mission, we are still not sure of who will pilot it. The Shenzhou spacecraft has enough room on board for three crewmembers, but it's unlikely that it will be fully crewed for its first operational mission.

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Shenzhou-5 Liftoff Preparation Begins At Launch Centre
Beijing - Aug 28, 2003
The historic manned mission Shenzhou-5 (SZ-5) is another step closer to blastoff with the arrival of its launch vehicle at the launch site, Wen Wei Po in Hong Kong reports today (Aug. 25).

Shenzhou-5 Single-Person Mission Could Be Launched On October 10
Hong Kong - Aug 15, 2003
A yuhangyuan ("astronaut") could make history and become an instant hero in China with the launch of Shenzhou-5 (SZ-5) that may take place on October 10, an aerospace forum posted the unconfirmed information on Tuesday (Aug. 12).

Beijing Leaders Believe US "Poses a Challenge," Pentagon Report Says
 Washington - Jul 31, 2003
While China seeks to benefit from trade and technology "interactions" with the United States, Beijing leaders still believe the U.S. poses a "significant," long-term challenge, according to a DoD report released to Congress July 30.

Shenzhou-5 Launcher Ready For Transfer To Jiuquan Launch Site
Hong Kong - Aug 11, 2003
The Changzheng-2F (Long March-2F) launcher that will deliver the Shenzhou-5 spacecraft into orbit will likely be ready to leave for the launch center within the last ten days of this month, local newspaper Ta Kung Pao reported on Sunday (Aug. 3).

China Begins Hundred-Day March To Shenzhou-5 Flight
Beijing - Jul 22, 2003
The much-anticipated historic launch of Shenzhou-5 (SZ-5), the first manned mission in the Chinese space program, may only be a hundred days away, Wen Wei Po in Hong Kong reported yesterday (July 21). Unnamed sources told the newspaper that the launch could come in about a hundred days "in the timeframe of autumn before [the onset of] winter." The sources told Wen Wei Po that space officials had determined which yuhangyuan ("astronaut") would pilot the mission. However, they did not disclose the identity of the first crew or the number that would ride on SZ-5.

China's First Lunar Steps Outlined In Sydney IAU Presentation
Sydney - Jul 21, 2003
Since China announced its plans for human spaceflight, plans for Chinese exploration of the solar system have also featured in media reports. The human and robotic elements of China's space program together form an overall increase in China's ambitions in space.

Countdown to Shenzhou
Sydney - Jul 16, 2003
The first crewed mission of China's Shenzhou spacecraft is approaching. Years of waiting for this historic flight have been reduced to a countdown of months. When will China finally decide to launch?

China Keeps Its Sight On Long-Term Mars Exploration
Beijing - Jun 25, 2003
China would carry out long-term Mars exploration in four stages that might lead to the eventual human exploration of the red planet, an article from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) publication Science Times said on June 13.

The Phantom Yuhangyuans
Sydney - Apr 28, 2003
Recent months have seen a new hobby emerge within the aerospace community: Yuhangyuan spotting. Curiosity about China's first group of astronauts has grown stronger as the first crewed mission of China's Shenzhou spacecraft draws closer.

Chinese EO sats eye fighting in Iraq
Beijing - Apr 17, 2003
Chinese officials have been using imagery returned from their own weather and remote sensing satellites to obtain "truthful" information on the war in Iraq, China Space News reported last Wednesday (Apr. 9).

Red Planet Out Of Scope For Red China Spacecraft For Now
Beijing - Mar 20, 2003
China would not set sight to explore Mars before 2015, Wen Wei Po in Hong Kong reported on Mar. 9. Instead the country would focus on unmanned exploration of the Moon during this period.

Boeing and Hughes Electronics Sign Consent Agreement With State Dept
St. Louis - Mar 07, 2003
Hughes Electronics Corporation and Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc., formerly known as Hughes Space and Communication Co. (HSC), announced today that they have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of State over administrative charges relating primarily to HSC's involvement in reviews of two failed launches of commercial communications satellites on Chinese rockets in 1995 and 1996.

Space Official in Beijing Reveals Dual Purpose of Shenzhou
Kailua-Kona - Mar 07, 2003
The Shenzhou spacecraft carries equipment for military surveillance, said Zhang Houying, human spaceflight application system commander at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in a lecture on China's human spaceflight technology application delivered 15 February at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing, according to an article by the 21st Century Global Report posted 25 February on Xinhuanet, a website run by the state media Xinhua (new China) news agency.

Shenzhou's Changing Face
Sydney - Mar 3, 2003
As China reinforces its goal of launching its first astronauts before the end of the year, it's time to look at another mystery surrounding China's Shenzhou spacecraft.

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