China Will Complete The Construction Of Its Space Orbital Station By 2022
Earlier, China successfully launched the Chang Zheng 5B launch vehicle with a prototype of a new type of manned spacecraft and a prototype of a cargo return capsule.
China will carry out 12 missions to complete the construction of space orbital station by 2022, according to the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday by JI Qiming, assistant head of the China manned space flight program Office.
"The construction of the Chinese space orbital station will be completed by 2022, with a total of 12 missions planned," he said.
JI Qiming also noted that "after the successful launch on Tuesday of the Great March-5B carrier rocket (Chang Zheng-5B) with a prototype of a manned spacecraft, the base module of the space station, as well as two experimental modules" Wentian "and" Mentian "will be launched into orbit, which will become the basis of the future space orbital station."
On Tuesday at 18:00 local time, China successfully launched the Chang Zheng-5B launch vehicle with a prototype of a new type of manned spacecraft and a prototype of a cargo return capsule. After 488 seconds, the payload detached from the launch vehicle and entered the specified orbit, the mission was deemed successful. According to the plan, Chang Zheng-5B will be used to launch the base module of the Chinese space station into low-earth orbit.
The Chang Zheng-5B launch vehicle is an improved version of the Chang Zheng-5, China's first heavy - class space rocket.
Chang Zheng-5B has four launch boosters with a diameter of 3.35 m each. The fuel used is a non-toxic fuel based on liquid hydrogen, kerosene, and liquid oxygen. Its length reaches 53.7 m, its diameter is about 5 m. The launch mass of the rocket is 849 tons, and the payload capacity, when launched into low earth orbit, is 22 tons.