The China manned space engineering office has released plans for a 60 ton space station made up of three capsules and a cargo transport for supplies. It looks like it might be public friendly as well as they have asked for suggestions for names for the space station.
The space station core module will be 18.1 m long with a diameter of 4.2 m and a launch weight of around 20 to 22 tons. This capsule will be the first to be launched. Following on from this the two experimental modules will be connected with the core module. Each one of these laboratory modules is 14.4 m long with the other dimensions the same as the core module.
On a comparison with the international space station (419 tons) the Chinese one will be quite small. Russia’s Mir space station weighed 137 tons.
If you would like to submit a suggestion for the name of the space station it should be sent before May 20 via www.cmse.gov.cn or e-mailed to email@example.com.
They are also taking suggestions for the name of the cargo ship and this should be submitted before May 20 by the same route.
China has entered its second phase of its manned space program and according to the schedule the space module Tiangong-1 and the Shenzhou VIII spacecraft will be launched in the latter half of this year. This will be the first unmanned rendezvous and docking mission. Shenzhou IX and Shenzhou X will be launched next year to dock with Tiangong-1.
There are a few problems though such as the development of technology that would guarantee that space missions could be 20 days long.
After this moon missions are planned and further afield.