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Weather is only factor to worry about before launch

06-14-2012 22:02 BJT Special Report:Shenzhou 9 's Docking Mission with Tiangong 1 |

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A joint drill has been carried out on the first manned space docking between the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and the Tiangong-1 module. The whole mechanism is running smoothly so far. Directors of the project say the only factor to take into consideration now is the weather.

The joint drill simulates the last three hours before the rocket launch. The astronauts, the Jiuquan launch center, the communication and testing systems have all been put through their paces, with final tests carried out on the spaceship and the rocket.

Niu Hongguang, Deputy Gen. Director of manned space project, said, "All the departments are preparing for the launch. The astronauts have undertaken various drills since last Saturday. They’re all in good condition and are familiar with the procedures, so they’re ready for the launch."

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Meanwhile, the impermeability of the fuel tunnels has also been checked.

Guo Zhonglai, director of Testing Dept., Jiuquan Launch Center, said, "If the fuel tunnels are impermeable, the weather is the only factor to worry about. That means the spaceship is ready to launch."

It’s the first time China has carried out a manned space mission in the summer. This entails the added problem of controlling the temperature of the spaceship and the escape tower. Meanwhile, the Tiangong-1 lab module has been brought down to docking orbit, ready for docking attempts by the Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 spacecraft.

injection 2012-06-13

  • Shenzhou-9 full-system drill a success 2012-06-13

    • Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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