Se­cond space lab will be launched in third quar­ter

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China will send its se­cond or­bit­ing space lab, Tian­gong-2, into space in the third quar­ter of this year, sources from the manned space pro­gram said.

China also plans to launch the Shen­zhou-11 space­craft, which will carry two as­tro­nauts, in the fourth quar­ter of this year to dock with Tian­gong-2, ac­cord­ing to the pro­gram’s spokesper­son.

A next- gen­er­a­tion Long March-7 rocket will put the coun­try’s first cargo ship Tianzhou1into space in the first half of 2017 to dock with Tian­gong-2 and con­duct ex­per­i­ments.

Dur­ing the process, China will ver­ify key tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing cargo trans­porta­tion, on-or­bit pro­pel­lant re­sup­ply, as­tro­nauts’ medium-term stay, as well as con­duct space sci­ence and ap­pli­ca­tion ex­per­i­ments on a rel­a­tively large scale, the spokesper­son said.

China’s multi-bil­lion-dol­lar space pro­gram aims to put a per­ma­nent manned space sta­tion into ser­vice around 2022.

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