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China to begin mass production of Shenzhou spacecraft

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2008 at 7:54 am

Beijing (VNA) – China will begin the mass production of its Shenzhou (Divine Vessel) spacecraft starting from Shenzhou 8, Xinhua news agency reported on September 26.

The mass-produced model will serve as a shuttle between China ‘s space station and the ground, and may also transport astronauts and cargo for other countries, Xinhua quoted Zhang Bainan, chief designer of the spacecraft system of China’s manned space programme, as saying.

The ground test is already being done on the prototype of the Shenzhou 8, he said.

One day earlier, China launched the spaceship Shenzhou-7, carrying three astronauts on board to attempt the country’s first-ever space walk.-

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