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China launches the basic unit of its space station as part of the completion of its construction

China launches the basic unit of its space station as part of the completion of its construction

China announced today, Thursday, the launch of the main unit (Tianhe) of its space station, as part of its efforts to complete the construction of the station by the end of next year.

The China Academy of Space Technology of the China Space Science and Technology Corporation said in a statement, according to the Xinhua News Agency that the (Tianhe) unit was launched on board a (Long March-5BY2) carrier rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Center in China.

Hainan Province, southern China.

She added that the construction of the Chinese space station will last about one year, as it conducts about ten successive missions, including four manned flights, and that the station will become operational in 2022.

She stated that the basic unit will be a center for management and control of the space station (Tiangong) and will include astronauts in During their stay, as the total length of the unit is 16.

6 meters, its maximum diameter is 4.

2 meters, and the take-off block reaches 22.

5 tons.

She explained that the space station will be in the shape of a “T” with the main unit in the center and a laboratory capsule on each side, where each unit will weigh more than 20 tons, adding that if the station joins the manned spacecraft and the spacecraft for cargo, their weight can reach nearly From 100 tons.

The academy indicated that the Chinese space station will operate in low Earth orbit at an altitude of 340 km to 450 km, as the period of operation is set between ten to 15 years.

She revealed that China aims for the station to become a “space laboratory” that supports the long stay of astronauts and large-scale scientific, technological and applied experiments, and contributes to the peaceful development and utilization of space resources through international cooperation and enrichment of technologies and experience for China’s future exploration in space

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China launches the basic unit of its space station as part of the completion of its construction
China launches the basic unit of its space station as part of the completion of its construction