Shenzhou 15
Mission typeTiangong Space Station crew transport
OperatorChina Manned Space Agency
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Mission duration180 days (planned)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftShenzhou 15
Spacecraft typeShenzhou
ManufacturerChina Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Crew
Crew size3
MembersTBA
Start of mission
Launch dateDecember 2022 (planned)
RocketLong March 2F
Launch siteJiuquan, LA-4/SLS
ContractorChina Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology
End of mission
Landing date2023 (planned)
Landing siteInner Mongolia, China
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Inclination41.5°
Docking with Tiangong Space Station
Docking dateDecember 2022 (planned)
Undocking date2023 (planned)
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Shenzhou 15 (Chinese: 神舟十五号; pinyin: Shénzhōu Shíwǔ-hào; lit. 'Divine Boat Number 15') is a planned Chinese spaceflight to the Tiangong Space Station. It is expected to launch in December 2022, and will carry three People's Liberation Army Astronaut Corps (PLAAC) taikonauts.[1] It will be the tenth crewed flight of the Shenzhou program, and the program's fifteenth flight overall.

Mission

The mission is expected to launch following the launch and docking of the Wentian and Mengtian modules, in July and October 2022, respectively. There is a planned ten day overlap between Shenzhou 15 and the previous Shenzhou mission, Shenzhou 14.[1][2]

The Shenzhou 15 crew is expected to carry out several spacewalks, work on payloads both inside and outside the station, and other scientific work.[2]

The Shenzhou 15 spacecraft is currently on standby for a potential rescue mission for the Shenzhou 14 crew if an issue were to arise. If needed, it could be ready for launch within nine days.[3]

Crew

The crew, which has not yet been publicly announced, will consist of three PLAAC taikonauts.

Position Crew member
Commander China TBA, PLAAC
Second spaceflight
Operator China TBA, PLAAC
Second spaceflight
System Operator China TBA, PLAAC
First spaceflight

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Rocket to launch China's next space station module arrives at launch center". SpaceNews. 2022-05-31. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  2. ^ a b "China reveals missions of Shenzhou-14, Shenzhou-15 space crews - Khmer Times". 2022-04-18. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  3. ^ Andrew Jones published (2022-06-07). "China's next crewed spacecraft is ready for potential space station rescue mission". Space.com. Retrieved 2022-06-09.