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XZF-SC

XZF-SC [CCTV]

The XZF-SC (Xinyidai Zairen Feichuan - Shiyan Chuan, "New Generation Crewed Spaceship - Test Ship") (actual name besides this generic designation not yet known) is a protoype for the next Generation crewed spacecraft developed by CAST, Beijing.

The XZF-SC is a prototype for a new crew capsule. It consists of a 3.3 m diameter 3.0 m long conical crew module and a 3.3 m diameter 5.8 m long service module.

The prototype was launched on the maiden CZ-5B rocket. Without a launch escape system, the prototype spacecraft is carried inside a large payload fairing. The launch vehicle puts the spacecraft into a low earth orbit (LEO), then the spacecraft uses its own propulsion system to reach an elliptic orbit with an apogee of about 8000 km to perform a high speed reentry. It returned successfully on 8 May 2020 to earth and landed in the desert near Jiquan.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Crewed spacecraft
Operator: CNSA
Contractors: CAST
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 3 days
Mass: 21600 kg
Orbit: 162 km × 377 km, 41.1 (initial)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
XZF-SC 2020-027A 05.05.2020 We LP-101 CZ-5B with RCS-FC-SC