The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.
Second crewed flight to the Chinese Tiangong space station carrying Zhai Zhigang, commander, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, operators, on their second, second and first spaceflight respectively. Their mission duration onboard the TSS is 6 months, the longest so far in Chinese spaceflight.
Successful launch of Shenzhou 13 towards the Tiangong space station.
The Shenzhou 13 Descent Capsule will land in the desert near Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China, bringing Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu back to Earth after spending six months in orbit as part of the second mission to the Chinese Space Station.