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yaohua2000
2008-Sep-02, 03:16 PM
According to the latest news, it will be launched in the second half of September.

badchap
2008-Sep-02, 03:44 PM
Interesting- I was just reading about that here;

http://www.spacedaily.com/2006/080902061220.dd146x57.html

yaohua2000
2008-Sep-06, 01:21 PM
Rumor says it will be launched on September 25.

Update:

It is now official. The launch window will be between 2008 September 25 and 2008 September 30.

Damburger
2008-Sep-08, 08:51 PM
Previously they had said October, I guess the Chinese state could be redirect more resources to space flight now the Olympics is over.

yaohua2000
2008-Sep-12, 02:03 AM
According to the report, the first launch opportunity will be at 2008-09-25 21:10 CST (2008-09-25 13:10 UTC).

01101001
2008-Sep-12, 06:04 AM
I guess the Chinese state could be redirect more resources to space flight now the Olympics is over.

They should get Zhang Yimou (Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Yimou)) to stage the launch -- with a cast of thousands!

I'd pay to watch that.

Yaohua, are you traveling to see this launch? Or have you seen enough launches?

Ronald Brak
2008-Sep-12, 06:18 AM
I was in Japan when the first crewed Chinese space shot took place. There was grumbling about why Japan was giving China aid when they could afford to shoot people into space. I do believe that China has its piorities wrong on this, but the fact that there is another potential provider of human to orbit services is good for NASA considering it that problems could arise with Soyuz and it could lose another shuttle at any point which would surely result in the remaining two being grounded for good.

yaohua2000
2008-Sep-13, 05:28 PM
They should get Zhang Yimou (Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Yimou)) to stage the launch -- with a cast of thousands!

I'd pay to watch that.

Yaohua, are you traveling to see this launch? Or have you seen enough launches?

No. It's Thursday, so I guess I'll be at home or on the way home at the time of launch.

Launch window
2008-Sep-18, 09:27 AM
China names 1st 'spacewalker' astronaut
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90781/90876/6500808.html

Zhai Zhigang, a reserve for the Shenzhou V and VI missions, is poised to become China's first spacewalker, reports have said.

Three 42-year-old astronauts - Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng - have been selected to carry out the country's third manned space mission, which will last from Sept 25-28, according to China.com.cn.

The most likely takeoff time for Shenzhou VII is 9:10 pm on Sept 25, the website said.

yaohua2000
2008-Sep-20, 02:23 PM
Shenzhou 7 has been transferred to the launch pad this afternoon.

Photos: http://www.newsmth.net/bbstcon.php?board=Aero&gid=139951

JonClarke
2008-Sep-20, 10:55 PM
Do you know it it going to broadcast live on the internet anywhere? I would love to watch this.

Do you know why they have gone for a night launch?

Any update on the rumour that the mission will last only three days?

Jon

yaohua2000
2008-Sep-21, 08:42 AM
Do you know it it going to broadcast live on the internet anywhere? I would love to watch this.

Do you know why they have gone for a night launch?

Any update on the rumour that the mission will last only three days?

Jon

China Central Television (CCTV) will broadcast it live. The official website is http://www.cctv.com/ . You can watch their program live at http://tv.cctv.com/live_t/index.shtml , click CCTV-新闻 (CCTV-News) channel (in Chinese). M$ Windows/Internet Explorer-only plugin is required, download it at the bottomleft corner of that page.

P2P IE Plugin: http://t.live.cctv.com/ieocx/CCTVRegOcx.exe
P2P Standalone: http://t.live.cctv.com/cctvbox/cctvbox.exe

I haven't tried it because I am running Mac OS X.

There are also various video streaming services (most for M$ Windows) are able to receive CCTV channels.

Yes. The mission will last only three days. EVA is expected in the late afternoon of September 26 or 27, or around 2008-09-26/27 09:00 UTC. The oxygen could support up to one hour of extra-vehicular activity.

Launch window
2008-Sep-21, 05:02 PM
If you guys want pix or details I would recommend lurking at forum nasaspaceflight, they provide good info on missions like the ISS and Chris and his members have been very big fans of manned flights.

JonClarke
2008-Sep-21, 10:45 PM
China Central Television (CCTV) will broadcast it live. The official website is http://www.cctv.com/ . You can watch their program live at http://tv.cctv.com/live_t/index.shtml , click CCTV-新闻 (CCTV-News) channel (in Chinese). M$ Windows/Internet Explorer-only plugin is required, download it at the bottomleft corner of that page.

P2P IE Plugin: http://t.live.cctv.com/ieocx/CCTVRegOcx.exe
P2P Standalone: http://t.live.cctv.com/cctvbox/cctvbox.exe

I haven't tried it because I am running Mac OS X.

There are also various video streaming services (most for M$ Windows) are able to receive CCTV channels.

Yes. The mission will last only three days. EVA is expected in the late afternoon of September 26 or 27, or around 2008-09-26/27 09:00 UTC. The oxygen could support up to one hour of extra-vehicular activity.

Thanks for this info! Will those plug ins be in English or Mandarin? I saw a lot of coverage of Sz-6 on TV, but all in Mandarin.

cheers

Jon

yaohua2000
2008-Sep-24, 04:03 PM
The latest report says the launch will be between 2008-09-25 13:07 UTC and 2008-09-25 14:27 UTC.

01101001
2008-Sep-24, 06:14 PM
Planetary Society Weblog: Some basic information on the upcoming Shenzhou 7 launch (http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00001660/)


Tomorrow China will be launching Shenzhou 7 with three astronauts aboard, one of whom will perform the first Chinese extravehicular activity (EVA, or "space walk"). Here's some basic information on launch plans, but first, the most important piece: the launch will be streamed live on the Internet (http://www.cctv-9.com/2005/default.asp?videoName=live&videoSpeed=100), with commentary in English, at CCTV 9. [...]

Launch window
2008-Sep-25, 07:48 AM
China launches manned space mission

http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5gvEbhd-0DOQz-BW5wMCykRY76E5g

ryanmercer
2008-Sep-25, 10:59 AM
Any day now.

Launch window
2008-Sep-25, 12:01 PM
not long to go according to state media


Taikonauts enter Shenzhou-7 spacecraft on 3-hour countdown


The launch window was set between 9:07 p.m. to 10:27 p.m (1307 GMT to 1427 GMT).

01101001
2008-Sep-25, 12:45 PM
Planetary Society Weblog: Some basic information on the upcoming Shenzhou 7 launch (http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00001660/)

[...] the launch will be streamed live on the Internet (http://www.cctv-9.com/2005/default.asp?videoName=live&videoSpeed=100), with commentary in English, at CCTV 9. [...]

But, it may not work. I get a black screen.

Damburger
2008-Sep-25, 01:15 PM
Its off the pad, got rid of the boosters. Seems to be ok so far

slang
2008-Sep-25, 02:00 PM
Thanks, Damburger. No further updates yet?

Swift
2008-Sep-25, 02:01 PM
The latest from AP (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jszhZZpw8KvbElApGPkWEikezcBAD93DP25O0)

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — China has successfuly launched a rocket that will put a three-man crew into space to carry out the country's first spacewalk.

The rocket blasted off Thursday night in northwestern China, beginning the country's most challenging mission since it first launched a person into space in 2003.


And from xinhuanet.com (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-09/25/content_10111476.htm)

JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- China launched its third manned spacecraft on Thursday with three astronauts on board to attempt the country's first-ever space walk.

The spaceship Shenzhou-7 blasted off on a Long March II-F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern Gansu Province at 9:10 p.m. after a breathtaking countdown to another milestone on China's space journey.

Onboard pilots Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng are expected to orbit the earth for three days, when one of them will float out of the cabin about 343 kilometers above the earth.

Damburger
2008-Sep-25, 05:40 PM
Good information on Chinese missions is hard to come by. I'm currently doing my bit on Wikipedia to flesh out some of the many stub articles on Chinese space flight, and it is hard work finding anything of substance.

If these are national prestige missions, surely they should tell people more about them?

slang
2008-Sep-25, 08:37 PM
Good information on Chinese missions is hard to come by. I'm currently doing my bit on Wikipedia to flesh out some of the many stub articles on Chinese space flight, and it is hard work finding anything of substance.

Please don't take my question as a token of ingratitude! In fact, your message was the first confirmation I'd seen that launch had actually occurred.


If these are national prestige missions, surely they should tell people more about them?

One would expect so.

Damburger
2008-Sep-26, 10:31 AM
I didn't take it as ingratitude at all. I am as keen to find out more as anyone else is.

However, China isn't being exactly forthcoming. We know its up there right now, and not much else. I can't even find what time the EVA is scheduled for.

LaurelHS
2008-Sep-26, 11:44 AM
This article says the EVA is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday. http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iAKbb3JpPsjjGoHRksfVwtF1Q4Jw

KaiYeves
2008-Sep-27, 01:40 PM
They did it!

Lukas
2008-Sep-27, 01:58 PM
the cctv webpage seems to have some more info. I haven't looked through it yet, but there's a video of th EVA.
http://english.cctv.com/index.shtml
http://v.cctv.com/html/NewsHour/2008/09/NewsHour_300_20080927_7.shtml

yaohua2000
2008-Sep-27, 03:03 PM
If you listen carefully, there was a conversation just after the fire alarm:

No. 02 (Liu Boming): Let's go on, No. 01.
No. 01 (Zhai Zhigang): Roger.
No. 02 (Liu Boming): If fire breaks out, it would be too late anyway.

Sam5
2008-Sep-27, 09:14 PM
go here for a small-picture re-play of the space walk, in English:

http://wwitv.com/tv_channels/2077.htm

Sam5
2008-Sep-27, 09:17 PM
This is a great image. This is a "live" replay of the earlier event, from China TV, English language.

yuxinbiao
2008-Oct-22, 01:44 PM
hello