|CZ-2F on pad - |
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Man-rated version of CZ-2E. Little difference externally. Modifications probably are related to improved redundancy of systems, strengthened upper stage to handle large 921-1 spacecraft fairing and launch escape tower.
LEO Payload: 8,400 kg. to: 185 km Orbit. at: 57.0 degrees. Liftoff Thrust: 604,000 kgf. Total Mass: 464,000 kg. Core Diameter: 3.4 m. Total Length: 62.0 m.
The unmanned first test flight of a prototype of the Chinese Project 921-1 spacecraft took place 49 days after the planned date of October 1, 1999. Shenzhou separated from its launch vehicle and went into orbit about ten minutes after lift-off. The spacecraft was controlled from the new Beijing Aerospace Directing and Controlling Centre. The spacecraft did not manoeuvre during the flight.
|Chinese Manned LVs - Chinese Launch Vehicles for Manned Projects. From left: Tsien Spaceplane Launcher, 1978; Project 921 Launch Vehicle, 1992; CZ-2F, 1999; CZ-2E(A), 2000. Only the last two were put into full scale development.|
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Following re-entry, the drogue chute deployed at an altitude of 30 km with the capsules soft-landing rockets firing 1.5 m above the ground. The capsule landed at 41 deg N, 105 deg E, (415 km East of its launch pad and 110 km north-west of Wuhai, Inner Mongolia), at November 20 19:41 UT. The spacecraft had completed 14 orbits of the earth 21 hours and 11 minutes.
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|CZ-2F Rollout Big|
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|CZ-2F on pad Full|
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|Project 921 LV - Conceptual drawing of launch vehicle for the Project 921 manned spacecraft, produced before the CZ-2F rollout photographs appeared. The concept was quite close to the actual: a CZ-2E man-rated, with payload shroud and launch escape system.|
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