With its propulsion and power module, the crew spacecraft measures nearly 29 feet (8.8 meters) long. It will weigh around 47,600 pounds (21.6 metric tons) fully loaded with equipment and propellant, according to the China Manned Space Engineering Office, or CMSEO.
News clip about the inflatable heat shield.
They will have to keep trying until it works.News clip about the inflatable heat shield.
Seems as if the test failed:
Wonder what the anomaly was and more importantly what caused it? I suppose we will find out soon enough after they have analysed the data.
Interesting that China put a 3D printer into space and it worked, I wonder if that means that any future space station won't need to have any spare parts delivered from Earth and that the astronauts would just have to print them out.On board of New Spaceship
China conducted a 3D printing experiment
Probably both as proof of concept and to help develop possible ways around those problems.
Interesting that the new Chinese spacecraft will use a ‘skip’ re-entry manoeuvre, a lot of things can potentially go wrong during such a manoeuvre. Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well.