Beijing: China is planning to launch "100
rockets, 100 satellites" by 2015 as part of its ambitious
space expansion programme.
China has set a target of completing a space mission of
"100 rockets, 100 satellites" between 2011 and 2015, according
to a space official.
On average, China will complete about 20 launch missions
each year before 2015, Zhang Jianheng, deputy general manager
of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC)
Commencing the programme last year China launched 19
satellites, a target orbiter Tiangong-1 and Shenzhou-8
spacecraft with 19 Long March rockets, a record high for
China`s space program in launch numbers Zhang, deputy to the
country`s top legislature told state run Xinhua on the
sidelines of the National People`s Congress, (NPC).
China has surpassed the United States, which completed 18
launches in 2011, to become the world`s No 2 in terms of
launch numbers following Russia`s 36 launches, Zhang said.
"The densely arranged launch missions and flight tests
have posed an unprecedented challenge to the country`s space
program," he said.
China has planned to launch 30 satellite with 21 rockets,
including the launch of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft the year.
Shenzhou-9, which is scheduled to carry out China`s first
manned space rendezvous and docking with Tiangong-1 between
June and August.
China conducted its first space docking experiment last
year to build a space station of its own by 2020.
Zhang said CASC raked in 100 billion yuan (USD 15.87
billion) in operating income in 2011, bringing the company`s
total assets to more than 200 billion yuan.
He said the company will keep a growth rate of about 20
percent annually and its operating income is expected to hit
250 billion yuan by the year 2015.
The new space missions included launching the third lunar
probe, Chang`e-3 next year and conduct a moon landing and
Different from the previous two orbiters, Chang`e-3 has
"legs" to support the spacecraft in landing, Ye Peijian, chief
commander of Chang`e-3 at China Academy of Space Technology.
The orbiter will carry a lunar rover and other
instruments for territory surveys, living conditions
assessment, and space observations, Ye said.
The 100-kg lunar rover is designed to operate on the moon
for over three consecutive months Ye said.
The launch of Chang`e-3 and Chang`e-4 is part of the
second step of China`s three-phrase lunar probe projects of
orbiting, landing and returning.
China launched the Chang`e-1 in 2007 and the Chang`e-2
The first probe retrieved a great deal of scientific data
and a complete map of the moon while the second one created a
full higher-resolution map of the moon and a high-definition
image of Sinus Iridium.