China Builds Spacecraft for New Mission

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) — China has completed building its first unmanned space module and is testing its electronic, mechanical and thermal properties, a Chinese military source said.

The Tiangong-1 space module is expected to take part in China’s first space docking with the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, which will be launched after the Tiangong-1 in the second half of 2011, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday.

The Shenzhou-8 is currently under construction and testing of the Long March II_F launch rocket is under way, Xinhua said.

Chinese astronauts, including two females, are reportedly undergoing training for the space docking.

Two other spacecraft, the Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10, will be launched in 2012 and will also dock with Tiangong-1, the source said.

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