A Mobilization Conference for the Manned Space Station and Docking Mission was held on November 15. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the kickoff of China’s manned space station project. The project will be implemented in two phases: the space experiment lab and the manned space station.
The outline of the schedule:
2011 – Conduct the first docking test (unmanned)
2012 – Complete the docking task (either unmanned or manned)
2016 – Develop and launch 2 space experiment labs
2020 – Develop and launch the core module and the experiment module, and assemble the 60-ton manned space station in orbit.
Source: People’s Daily Online, November 16, 2010