BEIJING, 13 Oct — RIA Novosti, Ivan Bulatov. China plans to launch its manned spacecraft “Shenzhou-11” (“Holy hook-11”) on Monday, October 17, reported China Central television (CCTV).
Earlier it was reported that the launch will be made between 10 and 20 October, but the exact date was not specified. The launch will take place from the cosmodrome Jiuquan in Gansu province.
Chinese scientists September 15 launched from Baikonur the carrier rocket “Changzheng-2F” (“long March-2F”), which delivered into orbit at 380 kilometers above the Earth habitable space laboratory “Tiangong-2”. According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 23 Sep laboratory began conducting various tests in orbit. Scientists have deduced on 26 September the lab to a height of 393 km above the Earth, where it is planned docking with the manned spacecraft.
So far China has not announced the names of the two astronauts who will be aboard “Shenzhou-11”.
According to the plans of the Chinese scientists, “Shenzhou 11” it will take two astronauts into “Tiangong-2”, where they will stay 30 days, which will be a record in the history of Chinese Astronautics. In April 2017, China will send to the laboratory is the first Chinese cargo ship “Tanjou-1” (“celestial ship-1”), which will deliver fuel and other supplies.