China’s upcoming space station to work by 2022
“China is further opening up, and space exploration is a shared challenge for China and other countries. We hope to solicit and evaluate experiments with common international
Successful 2003 flight of Shenzhou 5
The first Chinese crewed space programme began when an accelerated programme of technological development culminated in Yang Liwei’s successful 2003 flight aboard Shenzhou 5. This achievement made China the third country to independently send humans into space. Plans currently include a permanent Chinese space station in 2020 and crewed expeditions to the Moon.
China is going to start sending parts of its future space station into space in 2020, with the aim of having it up and running by 2022. The country’s space agency invited countries to come and carry out research on the facility.
China could extend plans for its space station by adding further modules to the planned orbital complex, a senior space official has stated.
It is a welcome gesture of international cooperation, particularly as the International Space Station starts winding down. “In a way, the lockout by foreign nations has helped China achieve innovation,” the station’s chief designer Yang Hong told state broadcaster CCTV.
Chief architect Yang Hong
Professor Yang Hong,
Yang Hong is the chief architect of the space lab system for China’s Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. From the
“We will develop and send one core module and two experiment modules to space. Together they will form a T-shape structure, which weighs nearly 100 tons. When the space lab is put into operation, we will conduct scientific experiments to serve the country’s strategic development,” he explained.
China has developed
China’s first space station will be made of three modules joined in a T shape, according to a handbook released on May 28,
The first module Tianhe-1, or “harmony of the heavens” was completed in 2017 and will be launched first. Weighing some 20 metric tons (22 tons), it’ll be the core module of the space station, where astronauts will stay. The space station is by far the largest and most complex spacecraft China has built yet, Yang, the chief designer, told the state broadcaster.
Space station Tianhe
A full-size model of the core module of China’s space station Tianhe made its debut on 07 November 2018 at the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong Province.
The core module will mainly serve as the control and management aspect of the space station and for the astronauts’ living conditions. It will have autonomous flight capability, support the astronauts’ long-time stay in outer space and help them conduct experiments concerning aerospace medicine and space science.
The in-orbit construction of the space station is expected to be completed around 2022. It will be the country’s space lab in long-term stable in-orbit operation.
Likely to be launched in 2020
Tianhe-1 is expected to launch from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in southern China in 2020, according to Zhou Jianping (video, link in Chinese), chief designer of China’s manned spacecraft program, which includes building the space station. The other two experiment modules, Wentian, or “quest for the heavens,” and Mengtian, or “dreaming of the heavens,” will join it later. The space station could start operating in 2022.
All humankind’s home in space
“The China Space Station belongs not only to
“Shared future” is a term the country’s president Xi Jinping has often used since taking power in 2012.
Chinese space engineers are about 15 years younger on average than the average age of