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China Plans to Carry Out Record-Breaking Number of Space Missions in 2016

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According to China's Aerospace Corporation, Beijing will carry out over 20 space launches in 2016, which so far is the largest number of missions in a single year.

BEIJING (Sputnik) — Beijing will conduct over 20 space missions this year, including a launch of a manned spacecraft, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said Friday.

"This year will see more than 20 space launches, the most missions in a single year," China’s major space contractor said, as quoted by the China daily newspaper.

According to the space agency, China will launch the Tiangong 2 space laboratory by late June to probe life support technologies for Beijing’s future space station, as well as the Shenzhou XI manned spacecraft.

China is also expected to launch two satellites for domestic navigation systems and one communications satellite for Belarus.

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  • cast235
    GOOD. But that is not the problem. The problem is costs. China will end up broke if not careful with massive debts.
  • PRC should start retrieving "expired" satellites from the graveyard over the Clarke Belt, if only to warn the great satan it can turn the trillion dollar US military machine deaf,dumb and blind at any time. The salvage may even be a good business if they can cast-off solar panels and return with 5-10 satellites worth a billion each time.
  • Finally some positive news.
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