The Development of China's Piloted Space Programme - From Sounding Rockets to Shen Zhou 5

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P.S. Clark (2004), JBIS, 57, 391-426

Refcode: 2004.57.391
Keywords: Chang Kong , Project 921, Shen Zhou, Shu Guang, Taikonaut, Yuhangyuan

Separate papers have provided a review of the initial flights of China's Shen Zhou spacecraft, based upon orbital analysis of the flights. This paper reviews the historical development of China's piloted space pro- grammes, starting with the first sub-orbital sounding rocket flights with animals during the 1960s through to the first Chinese piloted spaceflight, Shen Zhou 5. A brief discussion of the abandoned Shu Guang -1 manned programme from the early 1970s is also included.

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