China's Space Program News Thread


by78

Brigadier
This slide is a bit confusing to me. The mobile lab is attached on top of the command and resource modules combo. The combo are for crews to fly to and return from moon. None of them are going to land on the moon surface. The mobile lab seems not able to land on itself, so there must be another lander module for it. The lander is not in this slide. For safety reasons the crew will land on moon surface separately from any cargo including the lab. The lab will land on top of another lander. There is no reason to dock them together in any orbit regardless how they get into lunar orbit.

Unless, what we are seeing (the command and resource modules) are actually lander for the lab. But then that thing really don't look like any lander.

Do you have more slide from the event? Maybe there is something to explain. Or the author was just lazy to make things look right.
Unfortunately, these are all the slides I have. I keep tabs on the Weibo user who posted this, so I'll update if there's more information in the future.
 

taxiya

Colonel
Registered Member
Maybe the lander and the rover are combined together. The whole rover lands on the moon and can travel on it's own.
It is clear that what the mobile lab sits on is not a lander. The lab itself is a cylindrical structure with four wheels. There is nothing else. A lander must have fuel tanks and retro-rocket nozzles for deceleration and hovering and many small nozzles for position control/keeping, yaw, pitch/roll controls. A lander/rover combo just don't look the way it is shown in the slide.
 

no_name

Major
It is clear that what the mobile lab sits on is not a lander. The lab itself is a cylindrical structure with four wheels. There is nothing else. A lander must have fuel tanks and retro-rocket nozzles for deceleration and hovering and many small nozzles for position control/keeping, yaw, pitch/roll controls. A lander/rover combo just don't look the way it is shown in the slide.

Then maybe the rover sits on the lander when the lander lands, then somehow dismount to conduct missions, and then returns itself to rendezvous with the command module? Becuase I can just make out what looks like directional thrusters on the rover sides.
 

eprash

New Member
Registered Member
Ma
Then maybe the rover sits on the lander when the lander lands, then somehow dismount to conduct missions, and then returns itself to rendezvous with the command module? Becuase I can just make out what looks like directional thrusters on the rover sides.
@no_name @taxiya
Maybe a Skycrane like Mars rover perhaps?
 

no_name

Major
I don't actually know if it's official or just someone's fan idea.

China's next gen crew capsule which were tested not long ago is said to be able to carry 6 to 7 people though.
 

eprash

New Member
Registered Member
It looks like a proposal then sending more people doesn't make sense unless they are paying billionaire tourists and traditional staged rockets are too risky for that venture besides robots achieve more scientific objectives any day of the week.

Back to square one I guess, Even my gf doesn't tease this much!
 

Top