China plans to launch two or three space laboratories (target vehicles) and with several spaceships docking between 2011 and 2015. Around 2020, China will launch its core module and science laboratory module when it will begin the construction of a space station, according to a report from Bejing Legal Times.
Reporters learned from the Seventh Annual Conference of China Space Science Association held in Dalian that Manned Shenzhou spacecraft with capability of delivering supplies and the core module of a space station will be launched from the Jiuquan Launch Center and Hainan Satellite Launch Center respectively.
Gu Yidong, chief commander and designer of China's Manned Space flight engineering applications introduced that with conditions capable of supporting space science tasks and resource support, the space station can provide conditions for taikonauts to carry out space tasks in the capsule and on the platform outside. Therefore, the taikonauts can conduct science experiments including the tasks of operation, construction as well as maintenance in and out of the space station.
After launching into the space, the cargo space shuttle will annually transport supplies to the space station.
By People's Daily Online