16 September 2016
The successful launch of the Tiangong-2, along with the maiden flight of China's new generation carrier rocket Long March-7 in June 2016, bodes well for the final phase of China's three-step manned space programme. Starting from scratch, China's ever-expanding multi-billion-dollar space program is increasingly becoming a source of national pride and a marker of technological expertise in the global community.
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16 September 2016
When the Shenzhou XI manned spacecraft starts its journey next month to meet the Tiangong II space lab, it will be tracked by China's latest space monitor and communications system aboard a new tracking ship. The fourth-generation, ship-borne space monitor and communications system, developed by China Electronics Technology Group Corp, a State-owned defense giant, is carried by the Yuanwang 7 space tracking ship and is the best of its kind in the world, said company designers.
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16 September 2016
China has acquired the basic technology to carry out manned lunar missions, Chief Engineer of China's manned space programme Zhou Jianping said 15 September. In order to achieve the goal of carrying out manned lunar missions, China needs rockets with greater load capacity, manned aircraft that can land on the lunar surface and return, and aircraft that can shuttle between Earth and the Moon, Zhou said. In addition, Zhou disclosed that the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province is likely to be the second launch site for China's manned space programme.
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14 September 2016
CCTV's reporter Ning Hong paid a visit to China’s newly constructed space industrial infrastructure, the AIT Center for large spacecrafts, in Tianjin. The Tianjin AIT Center is known as the hub of China's spacecraft development. It is a place for the Assembly, Integration and Testing of spacecrafts. It is composed of world-class facilities such as the KM8 Space Environment Simulator and the 140-ton force vibrator.
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13 September 2016
With the upcoming placement of the new Tiangong space laboratory, many new and longer-term science tasks can be conducted.
Among other experiments, Tiangong 2 space lab will accomodate plants to space, so as to study how human can grow plants in space. Professor of Shanghai institutes for biological sciences, Zheng Huiqiong, said: "... we have never conducted a full seed-to-seed growth cycle experiment in space. China will conduct the first of these seed-to-seed experiements in space through Tiangong 2."
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