Boeing continues to study future upgrades to the NDSB-1 system for opportunities to enhance other missions, including deep space rendezvous
with larger Space Launch System-sized vehicles.
Shortly before Wen delivered the note at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center, Chang Wanquan, commander-in-chief of China's manned space program, announced that the space rendezvous
and docking mission has achieved complete success.
Successful completion of the space rendezvous
-- which will see Shenzhou-9 attach itself to the Tiangong-1 module currently orbiting Earth -- will take China one step nearer to setting up its own space station in 2020.
A successful docking will demonstrate China's grasp of essential space rendezvous
and docking techniques.
China completed its first such space rendezvous
last year when the unmanned Shenzhou 8 docked with the Tiangong 1 by remote control.
and Soviet space rendezvous
in which an American Apollo and Russian Soyuz spacecraft met and docked together in orbit.
XSS-11 is a demonstration in space rendezvous
and proximity operations," said Harold Baker, XSS-11 program manager.
The Tiangong spacecraft, required to meet DO-178B Level-A certification, will carry out space rendezvous
and docking experiments that support the overall mission of CMSP.
dollars) in budget for the country's space rendezvous
and docking missions, a spokeswoman of China's manned space program said Sunday.
After the space rendezvous
, two of the astronauts will move temporarily into the Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace), where they will perform scientific experiments.
Beijing, Dhu-AlHijjah 18, 1432, Nov 14, 2011, SPA -- Eleven days after the first Chinese space rendezvous
, unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 redocked with a module of the country's planned space lab, Tiangong-1.
Aldrin earned a Doctorate in Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Manned Space Rendezvous