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Shenzhou 11

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2016-061A

Description

The main objective of the mission is the docking with the Tiangong-2 orbital module. After a successful docking, the crew will enter its new orbital house for a residency of 30 days, allowing for a full mission duration of 33 days.

The new orbital station is equipped with all the means to provide a comfortable environment for the crew, including considerations for homely aspects, such as – as described by the Chinese media “sound and light, cabin decoration and noise processing.”

Tiangong-2 also provides a number of fitness facilities for exercise, including cycling and running equipment, so as to maintain muscle function.

Experiments onboard include ultrasound inspection experiments, cardiopulmonary function, samples and plant cultivation, as well as orbital repair experiments.

For communications, the two man in orbit will use Bluetooth headsets and audio and video devices so that they can communicate with their families and watch TV and music programs transmitted from the ground.

According to Zhu Zongpeng, chief designer of China’s space lab Tiangong-2, the Shenzhou-11 mission will be the only manned mission to the new orbital laboratory.

The two man crew is composed of Commander Jing Haipeng and Pilot Chen Dong.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2016-10-16
    Launch Vehicle: Long March 2F
    Launch Site: Jiuquan, Peoples Republic of China

    Funding Agency

    • China National Space Administration (Peoples Republic of China)

    Discipline

    • Human Crew

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

     
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