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.
|Type / Application:||Crewed spacecraft|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||162 km × 377 km, 41.1° (initial)|
|XZF-SC||2020-027A||05.05.2020||We LP-101||CZ-5B||with RCS-FC-SC|