Chinese scientists are working on the space suits for the astronaut, which is the key part for spacewalk, the newspaper quoted official sources as saying.
"The design of the space suits has been completed, but they still need to be tested," Qi Faren, chief designer of China's first five Shenzhou spaceships, and chief consultant for Shenzhou VI and VII, was quoted as saying.
Qi is also a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which convenes its annual session here along with one of the China's top legislature, the National People's Congress,
China has announced that it will launch manned space shuttle Shenzhou VII in 2008. Shenzhou VIII, Shenzhou IX and Shenzhou X are all being planned and the intervals between each launch will become shorter.
China wants to do space walk next year
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 06 2007 @ 00:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck