The Shenzhou model  - a close look

Sven Grahn

I had the chance to examine a 1/40 th scale model of Shenzhou earlier shown at the Encyclopedia Astronautica. This model was given to my employer, the Swedish Space Corporation, by Chinese space officials. Below, some minor observations.

Overall view of the model standing on a table

Is the golden "knob" an antenna?

Why are there thrusters pointing into the re-entry vehicle? For separation?

A view from the other side

The four main thrust chambers of the maneuvering/retro engine

Sketch accompanying the model in its carrying case. Translation of the captions provided by Andrew Yee.

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