China is now the third spacefaring country in the
world after Russia and the United States. China became the third
country to send an astronaut into space, Yang Liwei, in 2003.
Brian Harvey will outline the history and development of the Chinese
space programme from its mediaeval military rockets to its formal
foundation in 1956 and first satellite launch in 1970. China has
since built a fleet of Long March rockets and launched communications,
navigation, applications and scientific satellites and their progress
will be described. A moon probe is scheduled for launch next year,
2006 and a manned space station by 2008. He will outline the
future prospects for China's space programme, including its new
launchers, manned programme and flights to the moon and Mars.
Brian Harvey is a writer on spaceflight and has written books on the
Russian, Chinese, European, Japanese and Indian space programmes.
His book on Yang Liwei's historic mission has just been published by
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