[FPSPACE] China Announces Moon Probe Project in 'Launching Phase'
epgrondine at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 12 12:47:47 EDT 2007
Hi Jim -
Love the reporter's name: "Xin Dingding" -I don't know how it works in
Chinese, but in English the name sounds like a fun person.
I suppose the thing to do here is to look at the lunar launch windows, and
simply pick the one that would allow maximum surface coverage - The earlier
CE1 designs didn't show much capability for plane change, but who knows? The
instrument suite seems to have been updated too from the initial design, but
again, who knows? Since my stroke, this kind of analysis takes more than a
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>From: "Jim Oberg" <jeoberg at comcast.net>
>To: <fpspace at friends-partners.org>
>Subject: [FPSPACE] China Announces Moon Probe Project in 'Launching Phase'
>Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2007 14:55:57 -0500
>so how long is this phase supposed to last before 'flight phase' ??
>China Announces Moon Probe Project in 'Launching Phase'
>Beijing China Daily in English 0021 GMT 11 Aug 07
>[Article by Xin Dingding from the "Top News" page: "One Step Closer To the
>China announced on Friday that its Moon probe project has entered the
>launching phase, and the satellite and the carrier rocket are ready for
> The China National Space Administration said on Friday that the first
>lunar orbiter, Chang'e I, and the carrier rocket, a Long March 3-A, have
>both passed testing.
> The launch site, testing system and ground application system have also
>been completed for launch.
> With all systems go, the leading team for the Moon exploration project
>gathered a mobilization meeting on Friday and announced the project had
>entered a new stage.
> "The project will be a milestone in our space technology," Zhang
>Yunchuan, minister of the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for
>National Defence, told the meeting.
> "It is our first attempt in exploring the Moon with technology wholly
>developed on our own."
> He quoted Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan's words, asking all participants to
>continue working hard to guarantee the project a complete success.
> Zhang didn't specify the launch date.
> Initiated in January 2004, the Moon exploration project is regarded as
>the third milestone in China's space technology venture after successful
>satellite and manned spacecraft projects.
> The Moon orbiter, Chang'e I, will provide 3D images of the Moon's
>surface, probe the distribution of 14 usable elements on the Moon, study
>lunar microwaves and estimate the thickness of the Moon's soil, earlier
> This is only the first phase of China's Moon probe program.
> The entire program is divided into three phases - "circling the Moon",
>"landing on the Moon" and "back to Earth".
> After the launch of the orbiter in the first phase, China will launch a
>Moon rover in the second phase, and launch another rover in the third
>phase, which will land on the Moon and return to earth with lunar soil and
> China has also set a goal of landing spacemen on the Moon within 15
>years, Xinhua News Agency quoted a leading scientist as saying in March.
> China carried out its maiden piloted space flight in October 2003,
>making the country the third in the world following the former Soviet Union
>and the United States to have put men into space. In October 2005, China
>sent its second manned spacecraft into space, with two astronauts on board.
> China is one of the few countries that are capable of developing
>navigation satellite systems on its own.
> Previous reports quoted by Xinhua News Agency said it will provide
>clients with positioning accuracy within 10 meters, velocity accuracy with
>0.2 meter per second and timing accuracy within 50 nanoseconds.
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