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Sunday, March 9, 2014

China ready to launch the space shutle bus this year

China's space agency will reportedly launch a special shuttle, Yuanzheng-1 (Expedition-1). This aircraft can carry payloads to support missions in space.

Called it bus, because the Yuanzheng-1 will be able to serve as carrier rocket and could bring some spacecrafts to different locations in space. Liang Xiaohong, Party Secretary of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology revealed, that the Yuanzheng-1 can be launched with rocket and have their own energy generating system.

Thus, when up in space, the plane can carry out several missions and operate approximately 6.5 hours in orbit. As reported by Xinhuanet, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, Yuanzheng-1 will play an important role in the future exploration of the Moon and Mars.
The Shijian-16 satellite, carried by a Long March-4B carrier rocket, is launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province on Oct. 25, 2013. (Picture from: http://www.wantchinatimes.com/)
China developing several 'upper stage' spacecraft types that use the solid propellant since the 1980s. China-made aircraft is reported to have successfully undergone ten flights to space.

The China's space mission progress is also increasingly seen after the launch of the 'Jade Rabbit' robot to the Moon. This robot is designed to be able to explore the lunar surface using its six wheels. The Yutu (jade rabit) looking for information on natural resources and transmit data from the Moon to Earth.

However, in mid-February 2014, the robot reportedly threatened to fail because of an interruption in the communication system. Xinhua News Agency said the spokesman for China's moon program robots, Pei Zhaoyu states of the robot can survive from the cold conditions on the Moon.. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WANT CHINA TIMES]
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