China launched the base module of the national space station

After launching the Tianhe module into space, Beijing plans to launch the Tianzhou-2 cargo ship to it using the Changzheng-7 carrier rocket.

China launched the base module of the national space station

China on Thursday launched the base module of the national space station into orbit with the help of the heavy launch vehicle Changzheng-5.

“The basic module was named Tianhe. The launch was carried out from the Wenchang Cosmodrome in the southern province of Hainan at 11:23 local time (06:23 Moscow time). After about eight minutes (about 490 seconds) of flight, the module entered the specified orbit”, – the message says.

After launching the Tianhe base module into space, China plans to launch the Tianzhou-2 cargo ship to it using the Changzheng-7 carrier rocket. After it, the Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft with three taykunauts (as astronauts are called in China) on board will be launched into space using the Changzheng-2-ef rocket. Its docking with the Tianhe base module will make the station habitable.

In total, the installation of all the stations of the station will take about a year and involves at least 11 launches. These include the delivery of a base module and two laboratory modules into orbit, as well as the launch of four cargo ships and four manned expeditions with taikunauts.

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