Sunday, January 1, 2012

Satellite Communications Asia: Launch Date of Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 Spacecraft Announced

The  China National Space Administration  is scheduled to launch the Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 spacecraft in 2012. This has been confirmed by  Spokesman Zhang Wei at a press conference held in the capital city of Beijing during the  release of a white paper titled "China's Space Activities in 2011.” However, the agency refused to provide the exact date.

On Thursday, the Chinese government released the report which detailed the development of the local space industry since 2006. I also outlined the ambitious space projects of the government for the next five years.

State Council Information Office’s  "China's Space Activities in 2011” was the third white paper on Chinese space industry . The first was released  in 2000, followed by another in 2006.

During the recent years, space projects have become a priority of the Chinese government in line with national development. The Chinese government said that its space activities are for peaceful and exploration purposes.
China is rapidly becoming a world leader in space technology. It has ranked among international pioneers in satellite technology recently, and more growth opportunities are expected to be seen in the near future.

China promises to  cooperate with the international community to maintain a peaceful and clean outer space, the document states. The white paper cited space transportation system, human spaceflights, Earth satellites and deep-space exploration as some of the priorities of the space agency. The government is also planning to make space laboratories, space freighters and manned lunar missions.  

In the  next five years, the agency will create orbiters for soft landing on the moon, roving and surveying, followed by collection of samples on moon's surface to be studied in ground laboratories, the white paper said.
Building a space infrastructure frame comprising observation satellites, navigation and positioning satellites, and communications and broadcasting satellites are also part of the plan. There will also be special deep-space project demonstrations, including mission to Mars.

China  is a signatory to 66 international space cooperation agreements along with more than 20 states and regions, and 44 of these agreements are in effect, Zhang said.  Zhang stressed the openness has always been the center of China’s space program.

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