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Shenzhou 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (SZ 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

SZ 8 [CCTV]

The SZ (Shenzhou) is the first manned spacecraft of the Peoples Republic of China. It owns much of its basic design to the russian Soyuz capsule, which has a very similar genaral layout. Like the Soyuz, it consists of an orbital module, a return module and an engineering module. Although technology transfers from russia may have had influences in the design of the space craft, the SZ seems to be an mostly independent development.

SZ-8 was the first of the series to be equipped with a docking collar to dock with the Tiangong-1 space station. While SZ-8 was unmanned, the following SZ-9 and 10 carried a crew to the station.

SZ-11 is the only planned manned mission to the Tiangong-2 space station.

SZ-12 is the first mission to the planned modular space station.

List of historic Shenzou flights
List of upcoming Shenzou flights

Nation: China
Type / Application: Manned spcecraft
Operator:
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration: Service module, Return module, orbital Module with docking collar
Propulsion: 4 × retro motors
Power:
Lifetime:
Mass: 8082 kg (#8)
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Shenzhou 8 (SZ 8) 2011-063A 31.10.2011 Jq SLS-1 CZ-2F/G
Shenzhou 9 (SZ 9) 2012-032A 16.06.2012 Jq SLS-1 CZ-2F/G
Shenzhou 10 (SZ 10) 2013-029A 11.06.2013 Jq SLS-1 CZ-2F/G
Shenzhou 11 (SZ 11) 2016-061A 16.10.2016 Jq SLS-1 CZ-2F/G
Shenzhou 12 (SZ 12) - 2018 Jq SLS-1 CZ-2F/G