Friday, October 17, 2003

China Space Plans

Although I predicted below another Shenzhou flight in about six months, the Chinese are claiming another flight in "one to two years." That's odd. Either there were problems during the flight, problems with the capsule (is there a problem with the life support that prevents longer flights, or flights with more than one astronaut at the moment?), or China is either incredibly cautious or just lying. The Chinese are said to be working on a much larger booster that may be connected to their intention to orbit a space station and their lunar plans. More here and here.

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