by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Mar 05, 2012
China will have to test its docking, logistics and resource recycling technologies if it wants to establish a manned space station by 2020, a renowned Chinese scientist said Thursday.
Qi Faren, former chief designer of China's Shenzhou spacecraft, said the technologies related to extravehicular activity, docking, logistics and recycling are essential for the establishment of a manned space station.
Chinese astronauts previously engaged in extravehicular activity during the September 2008 Shenzhou-7 mission, and a docking maneuver was accomplished by the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft and Tiangong-1 space lab module in November 2011.
This year's planned launches for the Shenzhou-9 and -10 spacecraft will also feature rendezvous and docking operations with the orbiting Tiangong-1, with the Shenzhou-9 scheduled for launch between June and August, a spokesman for China's manned space program said earlier.
While testing its docking technology, China will have to develop a cargo ship to transport supplies and lab facilities, said Qi, also a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The top political advisory body is scheduled to start its annual session on Saturday.
China will not be able to establish a manned space station until water and oxygen recycling systems are ready for use, Qi said.
"China has announced that its scientists will work with international counterparts in building the space station," Qi said.
Source: Xinhua News Agency
The Chinese Space Program - News, Policy and Technology
China News from SinoDaily.com
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
No Sleep for Shenzhou 9 Mission to Tiangong 1
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 05, 2012
After enduring some confusing reportage by the Chinese media, the future of China's next astronaut mission is becoming a little clearer. It now seems certain that the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, expected to launch in July or August, will carry three astronauts to China's Tiangong 1 space laboratory. Previous statements claim that the mission will last around 10 days. It seems likely that the Sh ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|