China an­nounces suc­cess in tech­nol­ogy to re­fuel satel­lites in or­bit

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

CHANGSHA—China has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the in-space re­fuel of or­bital satel­lites fol­low­ing last week’s launch of a new gen­er­a­tion car­rier rocket, the Na­tional Univer­sity of De­fense Tech­nol­ogy an­nounced on Thurs­day. Sim­i­lar to air re­fu­el­ing for planes, the process re­fu­els a satel­lite in or­bit in a mi­cro­grav­ity en­vi­ron­ment and will ex­tend a satel­lite’s func­tional life and boost its ma­neu­ver ca­pa­bil­i­ties con­sid­er­ably. De­vel­oped by the univer­sity, Tianyuan-1 is the coun­try’s first in-space re­fu­el­ing sys­tem for or­bital satel­lites. It was launched into or­bit aboard the Long March-7 car­rier rocket on Satur­day. A se­ries of core in­de­pen­dent pro­cesses were tested and ver­i­fied after the launch, with data and videos record­ing the full process sent back to earth, the univer­sity said in a state­ment.—Xin­hua

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