China will begin the project in the coming months to build its own space station to increase flight and space exploration capacity across the country. According to the SpaceNews website, the Chinese Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) is in the final stages of launching manned rockets with the first module of Earth’s orbital rig, a cargo ship and a refueling spacecraft.
The proposal is to launch 11 missions (ongoing since 1992) and aim for a long-term manned presence in orbit of the planet. Although the launch date has not been announced, operations are scheduled for 2022.
“We will soon complete construction of China’s first long-term manned orbital space station, reaching advanced world levels. It will be the place where we will conduct large-scale scientific research in space,” said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China’s space flight program in China. , in an interview with the country’s television network.
“We are confident that it will play an important role in the forefront of humanity’s scientific exploration and also in the development of our space technology,” he added. The space station itself can also be expanded from three to six modules. According to the scientist, the mission crew has already been selected, but will not be released until shortly before launch.
According to the National Space Administration of China (CMSA), the main module of the future station is in the final phase of the plant in the port city of Tianjin. Then all components will be transported to the Wenchang Space Launch Center, on the northeast coast of Hainan Island, from where it will depart for the agency’s target.
The Tianhe module will also serve as accommodation for three astronauts over the six-month period. In addition, it will include a plug-in hub and control the station’s trajectory and attitude. In 2022, the country also plans to send a space telescope similar to Hubble, called Xuntian, to the future space station, and to assist with possible maintenance and repairs.