William Powell’s Shenzhou

The Shenzhou spacecraft appears similar to the Russian Soyuz, but is different in dimensions (slightly larger and heavier) and does not seem to use any detailed parts copied from the Soyuz or built under license. Therefore although it follows the classic layout of the Soyuz, adopts many of the same technical solutions, and the re-entry vehicle has the same shape, it cannot be considered strictly a ‘copy’. And if one considers Shenzhou to be a copy of the Soyuz, then was the Soyuz design stolen – from the American General Electric Apollo spacecraft proposal?

William Powell

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