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China reveals space plans

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2007
China on Thursday revealed its plans for space -- including space walking, spacecraft docking and the setting up of a space laboratory before 2010, state media reported.

The government would also give priority to developing an earth observation system using satellites, aircraft and airships, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting a blueprint approved by the State Council, or the cabinet.

The document, part of China's 11th five-year plan for space development, said China would improve a navigation system that is based on plans to launch dozens of satellites, it said.

The system is aimed at providing navigation and positioning services in transportation, meteorology, petroleum prospecting, disaster forecasting, telecommunications and public security, it said.

Apart from launching the country's first lunar orbiter at the end of this month, China would also study the second and third stages of its moon exploration projects, said a senior official with the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

Officials earlier said China is also planning to land a human on the moon and to make a series of robotic missions with a view to building a base there after 2020.

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