Monday, December 29, 2008
China Planning Place in Heaven
The People's Republic of China rocket scientists and engineers are planning a "place in heaven" called Tiangong 1 [vid] for future taikonauts in the 2011 to 2012 time frame according to various sources. Tiangong 1 will be an eight ton "space laboratory module."
Zhang Jianqi (张建启), Vice Director of China manned space engineering. declared in an interview of China Central Television that Tiangong 1 will be launched at 2010~2011 with the possibility that an unmanned Shenzhou 8, and human-rated Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 10 will dock with the new Chinese orbital outpost, according to Global Security. The Long March 5 booster is being planned to boost space labs and space stations [video] and perhaps using the new booster to break earth orbit for a human fly around of the moon.