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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #150 on: 06/07/2012 08:32 PM »
If the SZ-9 Shenzhou-9 launch will take place on June 16, then we should expect that the CZ-2F Chang Zheng-2F (Y9) should be transported to the launch pad around next Saturday, June 9.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #151 on: 06/08/2012 12:58 AM »
I had checked back in the Shenzhou 7 thread and found that the vehicle was rolled to the pad on September 20 and launched on September 25. So it may be a few days yet.

The crew for that mission was announced at a press conference on the day before the launch. This level of secrecy in China may be normal, but it is annoying.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #152 on: 06/08/2012 04:43 AM »
I had checked back in the Shenzhou 7 thread and found that the vehicle was rolled to the pad on September 20 and launched on September 25. So it may be a few days yet.

The crew for that mission was announced at a press conference on the day before the launch. This level of secrecy in China may be normal, but it is annoying.

Not 100% correct.
The crew were named in official media at T-9 days, and full biographies etc were published.
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=5137.105

A recent poster a 9ifly is suggesting that roll out to the pad will be tomorrow (9th) too, but with launch on 15th?

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #153 on: 06/08/2012 10:48 PM »
Chinese media coverage now confirms that SZ-9 is ready to be moved to the launchpad on Saturday 9th June.

http://news.xinmin.cn/domestic/gnkb/2012/06/09/15079255.html

Based on previous SZ's and TG-1, this suggests a launch in 5-7 days.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #154 on: 06/08/2012 11:28 PM »
Chinese media coverage now confirms that SZ-9 is ready to be moved to the launchpad on Saturday 9th June.

http://news.xinmin.cn/domestic/gnkb/2012/06/09/15079255.html

Based on previous SZ's and TG-1, this suggests a launch in 5-7 days.

Great news! Thanks Tony!

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News report on the rocket roll-out: http://news.cntv.cn/china/20120609/105025.shtml

Apparently SZ-9 arrived at JSLC on April 9 and the rocket arrived on May 9.
« Last Edit: 06/09/2012 10:01 AM by Galactic Penguin SST »
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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #157 on: 06/09/2012 09:47 AM »
Some more publicity:

China Plans Its First Manned Space Docking   By KEVIN DREW   June 9, 2012
At: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/science/space/china-plans-its-first-manned-space-docking.html
"HONG KONG — China’s space agency said on Saturday that it will launch astronauts later in June to perform the country’s first manned space docking, the latest step in the country’s ambitious plan for space exploration."

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #158 on: 06/09/2012 11:36 AM »
Is there some way we can be notified in advance of when the launch will be? I'd rather not miss this launch.

Regards Peter

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #159 on: 06/09/2012 12:06 PM »
By the way I can confirm that the rocket has now rolled out to the pad. The only launch concern left however is birds. :)


cheers Peter

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #160 on: 06/09/2012 01:26 PM »
Is there some way we can be notified in advance of when the launch will be? I'd rather not miss this launch.

Regards Peter

Well, stay tuned on nasaspaceflight.com!! ;)

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #161 on: 06/09/2012 02:27 PM »
I hope you don't mind me posting this. This news article has just been released regarding the launch.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/china-embarks-on-its-own-space-race/story-fn6ck55c-1226390057428

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #162 on: 06/09/2012 02:40 PM »
I hope you don't mind me posting this. This news article has just been released regarding the launch.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/china-embarks-on-its-own-space-race/story-fn6ck55c-1226390057428

A question is whom the Chinese are in a race with?   India?   Japan?   After all, a one-horse race isn't a race at all.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #163 on: 06/09/2012 02:45 PM »
A question is whom the Chinese are in a race with?   India?   Japan?   After all, a one-horse race isn't a race at all.

With Russia?

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G - Jiuquan - June 16, 2012 launch
« Reply #164 on: 06/09/2012 03:29 PM »
A question is whom the Chinese are in a race with?   India? Japan? After all, a one-horse race isn't a race at all.

Everybody. Anybody. Nobody.

I get the impression that their program is in large part because they see certain desirable goals, and are working on reaching those goals, irrespective of whatever anyone else does. They think very long term.

I don't know how much it's a nationalistic pride thing (which is where the 'race' aspects typically come into play). The Chinese are going through a pretty big nationalistic pride thing these days, and that might be a factor in their program, but I don't have a good sense for how big a factor that is for their decision-makers.

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