China Launches Cargo Flight To New Space Station

China Launches Cargo Flight To New Space Station

The Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft has blasted off and will deliver cargo to the country's under-construction space station.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Tianzhou-2 or "Heavenly Vessel" blasted off via a Long March-7 Y3 rocket from the Wenchang spaceport on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.
  • The spacecraft is the second of 11 cargo missions needed to complete China's first self-developed space station (which is due for completion in 2022) and follows the launch of the key module Tianhe in late April.
  • Tianzhou-2 has supplies and fuel onboard and will dock at the space station's core module to automatically unload its cargo.
  • To complete the Chinese space station, two laboratory modules, each weighing 20 tons each will need to be brought into space.

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