The decision by China to launch their next Shenzhou manned capsule unnamed has made at least one China space expert worried.


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The decision by China to launch their next Shenzhou manned capsule unmanned has made at least one China space expert worried.

Why the sudden change? It seems clear that there must be technical issues at work, and they must be fairly serious. Statements in the Chinese media hint at performing tests on the small tunnel connecting the Shenzhou spacecraft to the Tiangong module after docking. If we decode the typically vague reportage, it seems fair to assume that there could be some sort of technical problem with the pressurization of this tunnel. This problem could have been exposed during the Shenzhou 8 docking.

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  • Joe2

    Are you vouching for the author of the linked article as a “China space expert”?

    The first two posters at the website for the linked to article seem to have their doubts and an earlier article (dated 12/30/2011) from the same website said the following:

    “China to launch Shenzhou-9, Shenzhou-10 spacecraft next year: spokesman
    by Staff Writers
    Beijing (XNA) Dec 30, 2011

    The country will launch Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 and achieve unmanned or manned rendezvous and docking with the currently orbiting Tiangong-1 vehicle, the paper said.”

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