[FPSPACE] Upgraded "space shuttle bus" aboard new carrier rocket

JBC Gmail jbcharle at gmail.com
Mon Jul 4 13:55:18 EDT 2016


These interpretations are reasonable but note that this is all slightly complicated by the fact that Chinese translators may be using the term "space shuttle" to refer to a piloted spacecraft. Early press reports about Shenzhou come to mind. 

John Charles
Houston, Texas

> On Jul 4, 2016, at 11:45, Phillip Clark <phillipclark at btinternet.com> wrote:
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> Not sure if my postings are making it onto the list or not.
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> I had assumed that the "shuttle" referred to the manoeuvrable YZ-1A upper stage which went to different orbits to drop off payloads and then was used to de-orbit the re-entry vehicle demonstrator.   The intention was that YZ-1A would then return to orbit (would this be a "first" in spaceflight history?) for another day or so of orbital manoeuvres but it's unclear whether this actually happened.
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> Phillip Clark
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> From: FPSPACE [mailto:fpspace-bounces at mail.friends-partners.org] On Behalf Of Robert Pearlman
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> To: David R. Woods
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> Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] Upgraded "space shuttle bus" aboard new carrier rocket
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> The maiden flight of the Long March 7 carried a recoverable capsule, not a winged shuttle — and that image is an artist’s concept created for Popular Science years ago (dating back at least to 2014). 
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> The capsule was a sub-scale prototype and can be seen here:
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> http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-06/26/c_135467394_2.htm
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>> On Jul 4, 2016, at 10:57 AM, David R. Woods <drwoods at stny.rr.com> wrote:
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>> Long March-7, China's new generation carrier rocket, has carried an upper stage aircraft into the space in its maiden flight Saturday, said a senior space program official.
>> http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Upgraded_space_shuttle_bus_aboard_new_carrier_rocket_999.html
>> picture: http://www.spxdaily.com/images-lg/china-yuanzheng-1-mini-shuttle-lg.jpg
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