China's Space Program News Thread

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    Likely an early warning sat...

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    Heartiest Congratulations to China for its rapid leaps in Space Programs. I remember vividly when I was a Visiting IB lecturer to Macau University in 2004/2005, I was invited to be present for China's "Taikonauts" and the supporting Space Project's Team, who were on a visiting tour of Major China's cities in 2004. The tour was to commemorate the successful 1st launch of "Taikonauts" into space. I was very impressed (I still am) with China's achievements in a very short period of time. The supporting team comprised of a few elderly but also several young male and female scientists. Bravo Zulu China. Advill
     
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    Tianzhou 1 cargo-ship will be lifted atop LM 7 rocket, scheduled at BJT 10:41pm, today, 20 April . and will rendezvous with Tiangong 2 three times whilst in orbit testing different modes of transfer operations...


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    TZ-1 launched
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    TZ-1 separation from the rocket
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    China’s first automated cargo spaceship has docked with the Tiangong 2 space station

    The docking follows the first crewed mission last October
    by Andrew Liptak@AndrewLiptak Apr 22, 2017, 10:27am EDT SHARE
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    Earlier today, China’s first automated cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the country’s Tiangong-2 space station, according to Reuters. The Tianzhou-1 mission is the first such mission to the station, and is part of the country’s plan towards establishing a permanent presence in Earth orbit.



    The successful docking is a milestone for the country — it’s the first mission for the Tianzhou-class spacecraft, which was launched into orbit onboard a Long March 7 rocket on Thursday from the Wenchang space center on Hainan Island in Southern China. The spacecraft is the heaviest vehicle that the country has put into orbit, and and can reportedly carry up to six tones of supplies and two tons of fuel.

    The uncrewed ship will remain docked for to Tiangong-2 for two months, where it will conduct “several months of robotic demonstrations,” according to Spaceflight Now. Once its mission on the station is complete, it will detach and orbit the Earth to conduct several additional experiments for three months before landing. These experiments, which will include docking and re-docking to the station, as well as refueling, are crucial steps for China’s space agency to practice as it prepares to launch a larger space station into orbit.

    Launched in September 2016, the Tiangong-2 is designed for such practice missions, with the first modules of its replacement expected to be launched into orbit as early as next year. In October 2016, Chinese astronauts first visited Tiangong-2 for a 32-day mission, the country’s longest crewed mission. Onboard, the two astronauts conducted a variety of experiments before returning home in November.

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