"The manned spacecraft Shenzhou VI will preferably be launched in early October."Sun Weigang is director of the Space Department of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. China's first manned space flight two years ago made it the third country that is able to launch a humans into space on its own, together with Russia and the United States. Former fighter pilot, Yang Liwei, orbited the Earth for over 21 hours in the Shenzhou V capsule before landing in northern China. China's space programme still operates largely in secret. Yang's name was announced only shortly before his flight and the identities of 14 candidates for the next mission, all former air force fighter pilots, have not been released. China hopes to set up a space station within five years and wants to land an unmanned probe on the moon by 2010. Officials say they will also launch two scientific and experimental satellites by the end of the year, and a further two satellites in 2006 and 2007.