Shenzhou-11 is scheduled to dock with the Tiangong-2 module Oct. 18. Shenzhou, any of a series of Chinese spacecraft, the fifth flight of which carried the first Chinese astronaut (taikonaut), Yang Liwei, into space in 2003. What Will The Next Chinese Spaceship Look Like? The Shenzhou can carry a crew of three and is larger than Soyuz. By Jeffrey Lin and … China's space agency looks for the follow up to its Shenzhou workhorse. Shenzhou 9 carried the first woman Chinese astronaut into orbit, Liu Yang, in 2012. Developed with Russian technical assistance, the Chinese Shenzhou spacecraft borrows several design characteristics from the Soyuz spacecraft. Chen is making his first spaceflight. Later Shenzhou missions docked with the Tiangong space station. Jing is a veteran astronaut, having flown on Shenzhou-7 in 2008 and Shenzhou-9 in 2012. It consists of an orbital module, descent module, and service module.

Shenzhou Secrets: China Prepares for First Human Spaceflight After four unmanned trial flights, China's first-ever piloted spacecraft, the Shenzhou 5 is set to soar. Shenzhou Spacecraft. China has conducted six space missions with astronauts since 2003. The most recent Shenzhou mission ended in November 2016 after a 32-day flight to the Chinese Tiangong 2 space lab with a …