China will have the capacity to build six to eight large spacecraft a year, including space station modules and big reconnaissance satellites, at an assembly and test plant due for completion in August 2014. Apart from assembly, the plant at Tianjin will be able to test its products, including checking their thermodynamic and mechanical properties, says the government of the city, which is pushing hard to build itself up as one of China’s top aerospace centers. Another plant at Tianjin ...


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