Developed with Russian technical assistance, the Chinese Shenzhou spacecraft borrows several design characteristics from the Soyuz spacecraft. It consists of an orbital module, descent module, and service module. The Shenzhou can carry a crew of three and is larger than Soyuz.
|Shenzhou 1||19NOV1999||CZ-2F||0||Test flight of Shenzhou capsule.|
|Shenzhou 2||9JAN2001||CZ-2F||0||Test flight of Shenzhou capsule.|
|Shenzhou 3||25MAR2002||CZ-2F||0||Test flight of Shenzhou capsule.|
|Shenzhou 4||29DEC2002||CZ-2F||0||Test flight of Shenzhou capsule.|
|Shenzhou 5||15OCT2003||CZ-2F||1||First Chinese human orbital flight|
|Shenzhou 6||12OCT2005||CZ-2F||2||Orbital flight with two crewmembers.|
|Shenzhou 7||25SEP2008||CZ-2F||3||First Chinese space walk.|
Three person crew.
|Shenzhou 8||31OCT2011||CZ-2F||0||Unmanned test flight including automatic|
rendezvous and docking with Tiangong 1.
|Shenzhou 9||16JUN2012||CZ-2F||3||Rendezvous and docking with Tiangong 1 space laboratory.|
First Chinese woman in space.
|Shenzhou 10||11JUN2013||CZ-2F||3||Rendezvous and docking with Tiangong 1 space laboratory.|
Tiangong-1 (left) and Shenzhou 9 (right).
First Chinese Crewed Docking
The unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft docked with the Tiangong 1 space laboratory module in 2011. Shenzhou 9, with a three person crew, docked with Tiangong 1 in June of 2012.