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Live: Special coverage of China's Shenzhou-13 manned space mission

China is ready to launch its manned spacecraft #Shenzhou13 at 12:23 a.m. Beijing Time on October 16 (4:23 p.m. GMT, October 15) from Jiuquan Satellite Launch...



Shenzhou 13

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Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Human Exploration

Low Earth Orbit Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Second crewed flight to the Chinese Tiangong space station carrying Zhai Zhigang, commander, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, operators, on their second, second and first spaceflight respectively. Their mission duration onboard the TSS is 6 months, the longest so far in Chinese spaceflight.


Nosu • Oct. 15, 2021, 4:56 p.m.

Successful launch of Shenzhou 13 towards the Tiangong space station.

Cosmic_Penguin • Oct. 11, 2021, 4:01 p.m.

NOTAMs issued.

Cosmic_Penguin • Oct. 7, 2021, 2:48 a.m.

SZ-13 rolled out to launch pad; launch date pinned down by tour operators; launch time estimated from CSS orbit tracking.

Long March 2

Family: Long March 2
Configuration: F/G

The Long March 2F is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket, part of the Long March 2 rocket family. Designed to launch the crewed Shenzhou spacecraft, the Long March 2F is a human-rated two-stage version of the Long March 2E rocket, which in turn was based on the Long March 2C launch vehicle. It is launched from complex SLS at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

  • Stages
  • Length
    62.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.35 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    464 T
  • Thrust
  • Name
    Long March 2
  • Family
    Long March 2
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 2F/G
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    8399 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Shenzhou 13

Active Human Rated Crew On-board: 3 Crew Capacity: 3
Destination: Tiangong space station
Serial Number: 13

Second crewed mission to the Chinese Space Station.

Shenzhou Details


Zhai Zhigang

Commander - Chinese - ( CNSA )

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Oct. 10, 1966
Age: 57

Ye Guangfu

Operator - Chinese - ( CNSA )

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Sept. 1, 1980
Age: 43

Wang Yaping

Operator - Chinese - ( CNSA )

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Jan. 27, 1980
Age: 44

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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Chairman & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 446 Failures: 13 Pending: 10

Agency Type: Government

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.


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