Reshuffle for Tiangong

by Morris Jones
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 23, 2013

2013 is set to be an important year for China’s space program. We expect to see the first landing of a Chinese spacecraft on the Moon, in addition to a sequence of Earth satellite launches. We also expect another crew of Chinese astronauts to fly to Tiangong 1, China’s first space laboratory. The launch of the Shenzhou 10 spacecraft, which will carry this crew to Tiangong, was originally expected before the end of 2012.

Shenzhou 10′s launch has gradually slipped over time, and now seems placed at some time in the middle of this year. It’s true that space launches are regularly delayed for various technical reasons, but the mission of Shenzhou 10 is probably being influenced by a sequence of reshuffles behind the scenes.

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