Thursday, September 05, 2002

NO CHIMPONAUTS IN CHINESE SPACE PROGRAM

TaikoBot Tests Critical To Safety Of Shenzhou Yuhangyuans
by Wei Long
Beijing - Sep 04, 2002

When the two test dummies blast off into space on Shenzhou-4 (SZ-4) later this year or early next year, they will continue the role of their predecessors in the testing of the critical life protection and related subsystems on the manned spacecraft....

Unlike the former Soviet Union and the United States that used live animals early in their programs to test their respective manned spacecraft, China has chosen to use dummies instead....

"The atmospheric pressure and oxygen pressure inside the spacecraft, and the instrument control relies on human control. Animal testing could not check whether the system would meet the manned spaceflight requirements."

Su continued, "Take breathing as an example: human consumption of oxygen is much higher than that of a monkey and a chimpanzee. Using a manikin installation and fixing its workload, the data obtained this way could prove whether the spacecraft is safe."...