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Old 08-29-2011, 08:57 PM   #61
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 Well, look at their rate of progress for a start...
Didn't they sey they were going to the Moon...by 2030? Surely the would not go back on that goal, otherwise their "propaganda" might suffer?

Personally, I think China's rate of progress is fine. They're about to launch a space station...and I don't see the ESA launching manned missions or space stations!
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:20 PM   #62
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Mod Note: the discussion around the the usefulness (or not!) of the ISS and other space stations has been moved here. Plase keep this thread for information around Chinese space news articles
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:40 PM   #63
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More pics of the upcoming target vehicle/station:



This graphic from a China Astronaut Training Center presentation depicts China's planned space station:


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Old 09-01-2011, 03:50 PM   #64
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So far, the Chinese space program is looking to be a faithful re-enaction of Soyuz-Salyut-Mir. Will they have the funding and the will to also carry out the N1 and Buran programs?
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:20 PM   #65
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SPACE.com: China's Space Dreams Ride on Robotic Docking Test
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Xinhua: Production on major part of China's jumbo rocket completed, maiden voyage before 2015

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China's Long March 5 family of rockets. Credit: Jirka Dlouhy

The Xinhua news agency reports on China’s rocket progress:

Production on a major part of China’s Long March-5 large-thrust carrier rocket has been completed and its maiden voyage is expected to take place during the country’s 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), according to its producer.

The Long March-5 rocket is scheduled to be put into service in 2014,Liang Xiaohong, deputy head of the CASC-affiliated China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology which designs and produces the rocket, has said during previous interviews.

With a maximum low Earth-orbit payload capacity of 25 tonnes and high Earth-orbit payload capacity of 14 tonnes, Long March V rockets will be among the world’s leaders in payload capacity and reliability, Liang said, adding that the 25-tonne maximum capacity is 2.5 times that of in-service Long March rockets.

The production of a core cabin for China’s manned space station and large satellites will also begin during the 2011-2015 period, Ma said.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:04 AM   #67
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Smile It's official: TG-1 launch on September 27th

After a month of delays due to the launch failure in August, the launch of Tiangong-1 will occur on September 27th (haven't seen a launch time yet, though one insider reported a launch time of 11:00 CST/03:00 UTC). The rocket has been rolled out of the VAB to the launch pad a few hours ago.

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Old 09-20-2011, 05:24 PM   #68
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What's the magnitude of this Skylab-like-station? And is there already a planned orbit? (well, there is probably, but China keeps silent about it)
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:27 PM   #69
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SPACE.com: China to Launch Space Station Test Module Next Week
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:34 PM   #70
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Isn't the CZ-2F far below 20 tons to LEO? 8.4 tons is just one ton more than the Soyuz-U launcher. A bit weak on the chest for a self-contained space station.

I thought they plan to use a more capable rocket for that launch, along the Proton scale.

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Old 09-20-2011, 08:27 PM   #71
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Well, I believe the narrower cylinder is an unpressurized service block, so that would speak to a smaller pressurized volume and tonnage versus any of the DOS stations.

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I'll add that a more fair Soviet comparison would be the Soyuz-R, which featured a Soyuz PAO attached to a big pressurized compartment with a docking collar.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:05 PM   #72
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Parabolic Arc: China to Launch First Space Station Next Week
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:40 AM   #73
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The launch of Tiangong-1 has slipped to September 29 due to bad weather (caused by an incoming cold front) at JSLC for Tuesday and Wednesday. One news article reported that the launch window is 21:20 - 21:30 CST / 13:20 - 13:30 UTC.

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SPACE.com: US & China: Space Race or Cosmic Cooperation?
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