The spokesman for the China Manned Space Project announced on October 27 that the manned space station project has officially started. A large scale, national level manned space laboratory is expected to be established around the year 2020. The project is divided into two phases. Phase one is to launch a space laboratory before 2016. Phase two is to launch the Core Cabinet and the Lab Cabinet to complete the space station by assembling the two together “in-orbit.” The spokesman suggested that the project will be built on top of current space research accomplishments. According to the plan, the first unmanned spacecraft docking experiment will take place in 2011.
Source: Xinhua, October 27, 2010