China’s second orbital space laboratory, Tiangong II, that is to accommodate dual Chinese astronauts for 30 days, has been delivered to a Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in a Inner Mongolia unconstrained region.
It set off from Beijing on Thursday by rail and arrived on Saturday, imprinting a start of a Tiangong II and Shenzhou XI missions, according to a China Manned Space Agency. The lab will now be fabricated and bear tests.
As partial of China’s manned space program, a Long Mar FT2 rocket will lift Tiangong II into circuit in mid-September. The Shenzhou XI booster will lift dual masculine astronauts in mid-October to wharf with a lab, with a astronauts returning to Earth a month later.
The lab’s vital missions are to wharf with manned and load spacecraft, exam life-support systems, control experiments and denote in-space refueling and other pivotal technologies for a manned space hire China skeleton to build by 2022.
With a designed life camber of dual years, Tiangong II comprises dual cabins with apart functions — a “experiment cabin” will be hermetically hermetic and will act as a astronauts’ vital quarters, while a “resource cabin” will enclose solar panels, storage batteries, diesel and engines.
Compared with a predecessor, Tiangong I, a middle sourroundings of a new space lab will be some-more gentle to live and work in, a China Manned Space Agency said. It combined that a booster will lift 14 payloads to perform several experiments.
In Apr subsequent year, a Long Mar 7 will ride a Tianzhou 1 load booster to wharf with Tiangong II. The load boat will lift fuel and other materials as good as exam in-orbit replenishment technologies for a manned space station.
If all goes well, a group says China will be a usually republic with a space hire in 2024, that is when a International Space Station is to be retired.
China launched a Tiangong we in late 2011. The lab stopped handling in March, surpassing a designed life camber by scarcely dual and a half years. It successfully conducted 6 involuntary and astronaut-controlled dockings with manned Shenzhou spacecraft.