Second mission for Chinese astronauts draws closer

 作者:仇淝     |      日期:2019-02-27 05:17:00
By Kelly Young China could launch its next crewed spacecraft into space before the end of September, according to a state newspaper. It would be the second time a Chinese astronaut has flown. China became the third country to launch people into space on 15 October 2003 when it sent “taikonaut” Yang Liwei on an orbital spaceflight. This time, two taikonauts are expected to make the journey, and their flight should last five or six days – Yang’s flight lasted 21 hours. “The launch time for the Shenzhou VI is around September or October,” Zhang Qingwei, president of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, told the Shanghai Morning Post. Earlier reports had estimated an October launch, but no reason was given for the new suggestion of a possible September lift-off. Technicians are conducting tests and the launch date will be determined based on the their results. Fourteen air force pilots have been training for the space mission. Several pairs of astronauts have been chosen to compete in mission tests and the final pair will be chosen based on their performance, according to Xinhua, the country’s official news agency. In addition, China has also started building a new space centre in Shanghai, according to Xinhua. This centre will test and manufacture boosters,