ShenZhou-2 Unmanned Spaceflight Mission
ShenZhou-2, the second unmanned test of the ShenZhou spaceship, was launched by a CZ-2F rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre (JSLC) at 09:00 Beijing Time (01:00 GMT) on 9 January 2001.
The ShenZhou-2 spaceship served as the prototype for the future manned spaceflight, as well as a sophisticated space science laboratory, with a total of 64 science experiment payloads, including 15 in the re-entry module, 12 in the orbital module and 37 on the forward external pallet. These included a micro-gravity crystal growing device, life sciences experiments with 19 species of animals and plants, cosmic ray and particle detectors; and China's first gamma ray burst detectors.
ShenZhou-2 made three orbit-raising manoeuvres during its flight, reaching a 330 x 345km orbit by the end of the initial phase of the mission. After orbiting around the earth 117 times, the descent and service modules were separated from the forward orbital module and external pallet. After retrofire by the service module, the re-entry capsule separated from the service module and landed on the grasslands in Inner Mongolia at 19:22 Beijing Time (11:22 GMT) on 16 January 2001.
However, lack of publicity photographs of the recovered re-entry capsule led to speculation that the recovery may not have been completely successful, but this cannot be confirmed.
Mission Crew: None
Launch Date: 9 January 2001
Launch Time: (Beijing Time) 09:00, (GMT) 01:00
Launch Location: Jiuquan Satellite
Launch Centre (JSLC)
Mission Duration: 7 days 10 hours 22 minutes
Landing Date: 16 January 2001
Landing Time: (Beijing Time) 19:22, (GMT) 11:22
Landing Location: N/A
Last Updated: 28 August 2004