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China's Piloted Space Programme


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Launches Related to China's Piloted Programme

The table lists all launches in connection with development of China's piloted spacecraft Shenzhou and the space station that it will eventually serve.

Included in the listing are Shenzhou, its orbital modules of which the first seven served as satellite payloads in their own right, plus the Tianlian, Tiangong and BanXing satellites and spacecraft.

1999-061
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

1999 Nov 19,   22:30 UTC
Shenzhou 1   
1999-061A
25956

Re-entered - 1999 Nov 20
Test mission to verify the whole Shenzhou launch, support, tracking and recovery concept, particularly the launch vehicle. Precise launch time: 23:30:07 a.m. Retrofire was Nov 20 at 19:00 UTC and Shenzhou landed in Inner Mongolia at 19:41 UTC. It also carried science equipment and 100 kg of seeds to investigate the effects of the orbital environment. Equipped with small, fixed panels of solar cells on the OM although contemporary illustrations showed the extendable, folding type similar to the ones on the SM.

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1999 Nov 20, 14:3666460.009520533289.8742.60134
Shenzhou 1 Orbital Module   
1999-061E
25960

Re-entered - 1999 Dec 1
Identified by NORAD as Shenzhou 1 'Debris'. Separated from Shenzhou 1 Nov 20. Equipped with two small solar panels fitted tangentially to the sides of the module.

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ω 
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1999 Nov 21, 10:3866430.009220532689.8242.60139

2001-001
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2001 Jan 9,   17:00 UTC
Shenzhou 2   
2001-001A
26664

Re-entered - 2001 Jan 16
Engineering test of Shenzhou spacecraft, also carried scientific equipment. Carried animal specimens including six mice, and small aquatic and terrestrial organisms. There were fifteen scientific experiments in the cabin, 12 in the orbital module and 37 externally, including a microgravity crystallography experiment, cosmic ray and particle detectors and a gamma ray burst detectors. To test the radio transmitting systems pre-recorded messages were played back. Retrofire was Jan 16 at 1015 UTC and the Descent Module landed in Inner Mongolia at 11:22 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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perigee
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apogee
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2001 Jan 9, 22:3766450.010419733689.8442.58130
2001 Jan 10, 19:5867090.000432933491.1642.58209
2001 Jan 12, 22:0067140.000733134091.2442.58279
Shenzhou 2 Orbital Module   
2001-001C
26687

Re-entered - 2001 Aug 24
Released from Shenzhou 2 2001 Jan 16. Manoeuvred to higher orbit and then orbital decay brought about a natural re-entry. Equipped with extending solar panel array.

epoch (UTC)
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perigee
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apogee
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2001 Jan 16, 14:3467160.001233034691.2942.58316
2001 Jan 17, 20:3667740.001038940392.4842.59117
2001 Aug 24, 06:2465250.000714215187.4242.57304

2002-014
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2002 Mar 25,   14:15 UTC
Shenzhou 3   
2002-014A
27397

Re-entered - 2002 Apr 1
Engineering test of Shenzhou spacecraft, also carried scientific equipment. First Shenzhou vehicle to be equipped with a full life support system. Carried 44 experimentsand a video imager that broadcast from one of the portholes. As a communications test, a pre-recorded female voice was transmitted. Landed Inner Mongolia Apr 1 at 08:51 UTC.

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2002 Mar 26, 01:5567130.000433233891.2342.40272
Shenzhou 3 Orbital Module   
2002-014C
27408

Re-entered - 2002 Nov 12
Released from Shenzhou 3 2002 Apr 1. Equipped with experiments and sensor payload. Orbit maintained by multiple thruster firings before natural decay brought about re-entry 2002 Nov 12, approx 06:38 UTC over the Indian Ocean off western Australia. Equipped with extending solar panel array.

epoch (UTC)
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perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2002 Apr 1, 10:2967130.000733033991.2242.41322
2002 Apr 1, 20:5067340.000335335791.6542.40262
2002 Apr 24, 21:1567060.000532433191.0842.4045
2002 Apr 25, 05:5967630.000438238892.2642.4151
2002 Jun 13, 16:1067410.001035636991.7942.4132
2002 Jun 14, 08:4167580.000737638592.1642.41284
2002 Nov 11, 23:5465450.000416416987.8342.40269

2002-061
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2002 Dec 29,   16:40 UTC
Shenzhou 4   
2002-061A
27630

Re-entered - 2003 Jan 5
Engineering an flight qualification test of piloted spacecraft. Landed Inner Mongolia Jan 5 at 11:16 UTC.

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ω 
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2002 Dec 29, 23:4766430.010019833289.8042.41131
2002 Dec 31, 00:2767120.000433133791.2142.41170
Shenzhou 4 Orbital Module   
2002-061C
27634

Re-entered - 2003 Sep 9
Released from Shenzhou 4 2003 Jan 5. Equipped with experiments and sensor payload. Orbit maintained by multiple thruster firings before natural decay brought about re-entry. Equipped with extending solar panel array.

epoch (UTC)
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apogee
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2003 Feb 9, 15:2067170.001133134691.3142.4274
2003 Feb 10, 04:4867400.000535936691.7942.42288
2003 Mar 1, 22:0067300.000135135291.5742.42265
2003 Mar 2, 11:1967440.001135937391.8642.41300
2003 Apr 21, 22:1467320.001434436391.6142.42147
2003 Apr 22, 22:5867420.002734638391.8342.41190
2003 Sep 9, 03:5965170.001612814987.2642.40301

2003-045
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2003 Oct 15,   01:00 UTC
Shenzhou 5   
2003-045A
28043

Re-entered - 2003 Oct 16
First piloted mission by Shenzhou spacecraft. Carried a single crew member, Yang Liwei. One onboard experiment involved exposing crop seeds from Taiwan to the orbital environment. Landed in Inner Mongolia Oct 15 at 22:23.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
2003 Oct 15, 08:0767130.000133433691.2442.42251
Shenzhou 5 Orbital Module   
2003-045G
28049

Re-entered - 2004 May 30
Released from Shenzhou 5 2003 Oct 15. Equipped with experiments and sensor payload. Orbit maintained by multiple thruster firings before natural decay brought about re-entry. Equipped with extending solar panel array.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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( ° )
2003 Oct 16, 00:5067130.000233333691.2242.43250
2003 Oct 21, 16:2767090.000233033291.1442.43270
2003 Oct 22, 01:2267210.000534034691.4042.43260
2003 Nov 2, 22:5667090.000332933391.1542.43345
2003 Nov 4, 22:1767260.000734335291.4942.43272
2003 Nov 11, 18:4467220.000733934891.4142.43303
2003 Nov 13, 14:5267390.000735736691.7742.43262
2003 Dec 24, 11:2767210.000833834891.4042.43193
2003 Dec 25, 00:4567290.001034435791.5542.43128
2003 Dec 31, 06:2467260.001234035691.5042.43177
2003 Dec 31, 11:0667420.003434138791.8342.42157
2004 May 30, 01:1665190.001013414887.3142.41276

2005-040
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2005 Oct 12,   01:00 UTC
Shenzhou 6   
2005-040A
28879

Re-entered - 2005 Oct 16
Piloted mision carrying crew of two - Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng. For the first time, a Shenzhou crew entered the Orbital Module. Retrofire Oct 16 at 19:45 UTC led to a landing in Inner Mongolia at 20:33 UTC.

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( ° )
2005 Oct 12, 08:0767120.000633033891.2142.41186
Shenzhou 6 Orbital Module   
2005-040E
28883

Re-entered - 2008 Apr 1
Released from Shenzhou 5 2005 Oct 16 at 19:44 UTC. Equipped with experiments and sensor payload. Orbit maintained by multiple thruster firings before natural decay brought about re-entry. Equipped with extending solar panel array, the final shenzhou OM to be used as an independent satellite.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2005 Oct 17, 02:2067140.000433333991.2542.43226
2005 Oct 19, 13:5467150.000533434191.2842.42237
2005 Oct 20, 03:0367250.000534435191.4842.42215
2005 Dec 12, 13:4567140.000433333991.2642.42196
2005 Dec 13, 05:5867300.000834635791.5742.42278
2006 Jan 20, 22:0767230.000434234891.4442.42203
2006 Jan 21, 09:5267290.000834535691.5542.42277
2006 Mar 18, 15:0167200.000633834691.3742.42333
2006 Mar 19, 05:5667300.000634735691.5742.43270
2006 May 28, 04:5867160.000133733991.2942.4221
2006 May 28, 12:4167300.000734735691.5742.43266
2006 Sep 5, 10:0267170.000833434591.3242.42243
2006 Sep 5, 20:2767290.000734635691.5642.42264
2007 Jan 11, 18:1567050.000732233291.0742.4250
2007 Jan 12, 04:4067110.000932733991.1942.42350
2007 Jan 27, 07:3067080.000732533591.1242.42115
2007 Jan 27, 20:5767120.000233233591.2042.42128
2007 Jun 6, 01:5867120.000832833991.2142.428
2007 Jun 6, 11:3167200.000733734791.3742.42273
2008 Apr 1, 13:0765120.000413113687.1542.3911

2008-019
CZ-3C
Xichang Space Centre, China

2008 Apr 25,   15:35 UTC
Tianlian 1A   
2008-019A
32779

in orbit
Data communications satellite to to provide a data relay, and measurement and control service for Chinese satellites and space stations. Brought into operation for the Shenzhou 7 mission 2008 September.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2008 Apr 25, 09:45273960.759221941817752.1418.07180
2008 May 3, 13:47421650.000435769358041436.100.5032677° east
2012 Mar 26, 19:33421650.000335776357981436.110.034677° east

2008-047
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2008 Sep 25,   13:10 UTC
Shenzhou 7   
2008-047A
33386

Re-entered - 2008 Sep 28
Piloted mission carrying Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng. Sep 27 at 08:34 UTC Zhai Zhigang wearing a Chinese-made Feitian EVA suit and Liu Boming wearing a Russian Sea Hawk EVA suit undertook a 26 minutes (approximately) spacewalk, Zhai spent 19m 35s outside the spacecraft. Used the Tianlian 1-01 communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit. Landed In Inner Mongolia Sep 28 at 09:37 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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ω 
( ° )
2008 Sep 25, 14:1866440.009820033189.8242.41125
2008 Sep 25, 20:1767120.000533033791.2042.40274
BanXing 1  (Companion Satellite 1)
2008-047G
33392

Re-entered - 2009 Oct 30
Released from Shenzhou 7 Sep 27 at 11:24 UTC. 40 kg manoeuvrable cubesat, built by Shanghai Micro-satellite Engineering Center, to test rendezvous procedures with Shenzhou 7 - manoeuvred seven times during the test. Also transmitted images of the main spacecraft in orbit. Still operating at end of life when re-entered naturally 2009 October 30 around 03:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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ω 
( ° )
2008 Sep 27, 19:3467120.000732933991.2242.40283
Shenzhou 7 Orbital Module   
2008-047H
33394

Re-entered - 2010 Jan 4
Released from Shenzhou 7 Sep 27 at 11:34 UTC. Re-entered naturally. Main function was to act as an airlock for the EVA from Shenzhou 7. Not equipped with solar panels.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2008 Sep 29, 00:1167110.000732933791.1942.40299
2010 Jan 4, 03:2965110.001412414287.1542.36281

2011-032
CZ-3C
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Jul 11,   15:41 UTC
Tianlian 1B   
2011-032A
37737

in orbit
Data communications satellite to work alongside Tianlian 1-01 (2008-019A/32779) to provide a data relay, and measurement and control service for Chinese satellites and space stations. An early task was to support the launch and docking of Tiangong 1 and Shenzhou 8 later in 2011.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2011 Jul 12, 06:24275680.761719142189759.2318.03180
2011 Jul 19, 16:31421660.000335776357991436.141.07112177° east
2012 Mar 26, 09:51421650.000435772358021436.130.5098177° east

2011-053
CZ-2F T1
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2011 Sep 29,   13:16 UTC
Tiangong 1   
2011-053A
37820

in orbit
Small laboratory, 8.5 tonnes mass (9 tonnes including fuel), for docking experiments during visits by the unpiloted Shenzhou 8 (2011 Oct 31 - Nov 17), Shenzhou 9 (2012 Jun 16-29) and Shenzhou 10, both piloted. Precise lift-off time 13:16:03 UTC at the opening of a fifteen minute launch window. Anticipated life is two years after which it will be de-orbited. Delayed several times from 2010 by design/construction issues and investigation of the 2011 Aug 18 CZ-2C launch vehicle failure.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2011 Sep 29, 20:3966500.011019934589.9542.78132
2011 Sep 30, 19:1167230.001433535591.4442.7840
2011 Oct 5, 19:3867200.001033534991.3742.7881
2011 Oct 28, 05:3567130.000733033991.2242.79253
2011 Nov 18, 14:1867510.000836837992.0142.79212
2012 Mar 23, 03:2367240.001233835491.4642.78342
2012 Mar 23, 17:3967370.000835336491.7142.78344
2012 May 26, 13:2367210.000933734991.3942.7878
2012 Jun 10, 18:5067110.000433033691.1942.78242
2012 Jun 11, 18:0167070.001132133691.1042.78235
2012 Jun 14, 01:4267060.001232033591.0842.78249
2012 Jun 14, 18:3667110.000732833891.2042.80181
2012 Jun 28, 04:5767090.000632733691.1642.78333
2012 Jun 28, 12:1567100.000233033391.1642.79269
2012 Jun 28, 13:4267230.001633435591.4342.78102
2012 Jun 29, 07:5567390.000835536691.7642.78315
2012 Jul 5, 16:5467380.000835436591.7442.78315
2012 Aug 30, 10:2367280.000834435691.5442.78357
2012 Sep 16, 04:2667350.000835136391.6842.78336
2012 Oct 15, 09:2267270.000534635391.5242.78197
2012 Oct 15, 17:2567370.002134537391.7342.78207
2012 Oct 16, 11:3367490.000536737491.9542.78233
2013 Feb 4, 04:1367260.000234734991.5042.7870
2013 Feb 4, 13:3567370.001634837091.7342.78227
2013 Feb 5, 05:5967440.000636236991.8642.77226
2013 May 21, 02:5767190.000433934491.3642.78157
2013 May 22, 00:2667150.000533334191.2742.78231
2013 Jun 5, 06:1767100.000532933691.1842.78299
2013 Jun 6, 05:0067090.000532733491.1542.78315
2013 Jun 9, 04:2067070.000732533491.1242.78300
2013 Jun 10, 03:0467130.000733034091.2342.78277
2013 Jun 25, 03:4667090.000532733491.1542.78333
2013 Jun 25, 11:4767220.001333535391.4242.7793
2013 Jun 26, 09:0067390.000735636691.7642.77278
2013 Sep 11, 08:0867240.000634235091.4642.78139
2013 Sep 11, 20:1167390.000935436791.7542.77319

2011-063
CZ-2F T1
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2011 Oct 31,   21:58 UTC
Shenzhou 8   
2011-063A
37859

Re-entered - 2011 Nov 17
Test mission using piloted spacecraft in automatic mode to undertake docking operations with Tiangong 1 (2011-053A/37820). First serial production model of Shenzhou. Docked Nov 2 at 17:28 UTC and the two vehicles were locked together eight minutes later. Undocked Nov 14 at 11:27 UTC, backed off to 140m distance, and re-docked shortly after at 11:53 UTC as a test of spacecraft sensors at a low Sun angle. Undocked for landing Nov 16 at 10:44 UTC. Landed Nov 17 at 11:32:14 UTC in inner Mongolia near 42°.2 north, 111°.3 east. The mission was flown as a biosatellite with a payload of plants and animals. - part of the payload was DLR of Germany's SIMBOX (Science in Microgravity Box).

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
Estimated orbit 66360.008420231389.6642.78134
2011 Nov 1, 14:3866660.004026231590.2842.79138
2011 Nov 2, 13:2366990.000931532790.9442.78269
2011 Nov 3, 12:0467110.000832833891.1942.79285
2011 Nov 15, 06:2167100.000532833591.1642.79354
2011 Nov 17, 06:5567130.000233333691.2242.7978
Shenzhou 8 Orbital Module   
2011-063D
37883

Re-entered - 2012 Apr 2
Separated from Shenzhou 8 Nov 17 at 10:44 UTC just prior to retro-fire. Main function was to carry the rendezvous systems and docking unit for operations with Tiangong 1. Not equipped with solar panels. Re-entered naturally 2012 Apr 2, 09:09 UTC ±1 min.

epoch (UTC)
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( km )
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( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2011 Nov 18, 07:1467120.000333233691.2142.8098
2011 Dec 15, 10:5166990.000531732590.9542.80316

2012-032
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2012 Jun 16,   10:37 UTC
Shenzhou 9   
2012-032A
38461

Re-entered - 2012 Jun 29
Carried crew of Jing Haipeng (Commander), Liu Wang (Flight Engineer) and Liu Yang (Mission Engineer), to Tiangong 1. Second Mission for Jing Haipeng after Shenzhou 7, Liu Yang is female. First stage ignition 10:37:21 UTC with launch/lift-off 3s later. Spacecraft separation was at 10:46:55 UTC, about 11s earlier than planned. Shenzhou 9 docked with Tiangong 1 Jun 18 at 06:07 UTC. On Jun 24 at 03:10 UTC, it undocked and moved 140m in front of Tiangong from where it re-docked under manual control (Liu Wang) at 04:48 UTC. Undocked Jun 28 at 01:22 UTC - after falling behind by 5 km, it was brought back automatically to 140m distance from where it then departed. Retrofire Jun 29 at 01:17 UTC led to a landing in Inner Mongolia near 42° north, 111° east at 02:02:50 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2012 Jun 16, 16:3866360.008420231389.6642.71134
2012 Jun 16, 21:1266670.004026231690.2942.78136
2012 Jun 17, 16:4467000.000831632790.9542.78262
2012 Jun 18, 13:5267120.000832833991.2042.78279
2012 Jun 28, 13:1767140.000233533891.2642.78125
CZ-2F upper stage   
2012-032B
38462

Re-entered - 2012 Jun 28
Launched Shenzhou 9

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
2012 Jun 18, 00:2966260.007919530089.4642.78142
CZ-2F Debris   
2012-032C
38463

Re-entered - 2012 Jun 18
One of five debris items from the Shenzhou 9's CZ-2F launch vehicle. It is probably one of the covers for the four retro rockets that were used to distance the launch vehicle from the spacecraft.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2012 Jun 16, 23:5867280.022120249991.5442.95140
CZ-2F Debris   
2012-032D
38464

Re-entered - 2012 Jun 18
One of five debris items from the Shenzhou 9's CZ-2F launch vehicle. It is probably one of the covers for the four retro rockets that were used to distance the launch vehicle from the spacecraft.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2012 Jun 17, 00:0367240.021020448791.4642.99137
CZ-2F Debris   
2012-032E
38465

Re-entered - 2012 Jun 15
One of five debris items from the Shenzhou 9's CZ-2F launch vehicle. This one has an unusual orbit compared with the other four that are covers for the retro rockets that were used to distance the launch vehicle from the spacecraft. No similar item was catalogued by SpaceTrack on previous Shenzhou missions.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

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incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2012 Jun 23, 16:2066980.008626237890.9342.80261
CZ-2F Debris   
2012-032F
38467

Re-entered - 2012 Jun 18
One of five debris items from the Shenzhou 9's CZ-2F launch vehicle. It is probably one of the covers for the four retro rockets that were used to distance the launch vehicle from the spacecraft.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
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( km )
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( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2012 Jun 18, 00:1066620.015318138690.1842.91146
CZ-2F Debris   
2012-032G
38520

Re-entered - 2012 Jun 18
One of five debris items from the Shenzhou 9's CZ-2F launch vehicle. It is probably one of the covers for the four retro rockets that were used to distance the launch vehicle from the spacecraft.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

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( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2012 Jun 18, 01:2565900.008415726888.7442.65124
Shenzhou 9 Orbital Module   
2012-032H
38550

Re-entered - 2012 Dec 3
Detached from Shenzhou 9 - 2012 Jun 29 about 01:14 UTC just prior to retro-fire. Main function was to carry the rendezvous systems and docking unit for operations with Tiangong 1. Not catalogued by SpaceTrack until Jul 6 when it was realised it had been misidentified as Tiangong 1 (2011-053A/37820). Tiangong 1 itself had moved to a higher orbit Jun 29 and been treated by Spacetrack as "unidentified" - see notes.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2012 Jun 29, 07:5067140.000233533791.2542.78120

2013-029
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2013 Jun 11,   09:38 UTC
Shenzhou 10   
2013-029A
39179

Re-entered - 2013 Jun 25
Carried crew of Nie Haisheng (Commander), Zhang Xiaoguang (Flight Engineer) and Wang Yaping (Mission Engineer) to Tiangong 1. Wang Yaping is female. Automatic approach to Tiangong 1 initiated June 13 02:48 UTC. Docked at 05:11 UTC with latches secured at 05:18 UTC. Undocked June 23 at 00:26 UTC, carrying its crew, and moved away from Tiangong 1. At 01:52 UTC, Nie Haisheng initiated a manually controlled approach, docking with Tiangong at 02:00, latches were fully secured at 02:07 UTC. Undocked Jun 25 at 23:05 UTC and flew in formation with Tiangong to test varying approach scenarios, re-docked briefly (probably without retracting the docking ring) then departed for a landing. Retro-fire Jun 25 about 23:18 UTC led to landing in Mongolia June 26 at 00:07 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2013 Jun 11, 15:3966350.008919831689.6542.78132
2013 Jun 11, 17:0366660.004026131490.2642.78138
2013 Jun 11, 21:4566670.004026231690.2942.78136
2013 Jun 12, 18:4566990.000931532790.9542.78290
2013 Jun 13, 12:5167120.000832933991.2142.78295
2013 Jun 25, 03:5167090.000532733491.1442.79337
2013 Jun 25, 13:0767130.000433333791.2342.78134
Shenzhou 10 Orbital Module   
2013-029H
39193

Re-entered - 2013 Dec 1
Detached from Shenzhou 10 - 2013 Jun 25 about 23:17 UTC just prior to retro-fire. Main function was to act as a cargo carrier, and to carry the rendezvous systems and docking unit for operations with Tiangong 1.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2013 Jun 27, 13:2967130.000233333691.2342.79136

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