The first unit has already been launched and will soon be followed by others in line.
Last year, we also reported on the expected construction of the first permanent space station in China, which is slated to be completed in a total of 3 years. Now the first main shot is lined up, with which the first component was delivered to the designated site, that is, the construction process began.
A few days ago, the Chinese space agency indicated this In firing mode The Long March 5B missile required for launch, followed by its launch at dawn Thursday Hungarian time, on Hainan Island, at the Vencsang Space Center. The 18-meter-long component, called Heavenly Harmony, is actually the main unit of the future station, which will be later supplemented with two more units to form a larger T-shaped base in LEO. If all goes well, the final form will be in place by the end of 2022, but in the meantime, a total of 10 missions will take place, for example, the first cargo capsule will be docked in May and will receive 3 astronauts on board in June as part of the first A complex human task.
It should be noted that the foundations of the program were laid a whole decade ago, when a smaller prototype was launched, followed in 2016 by the Second Space Laboratory, where 3 astronauts had already spent an entire month. Soon after, they tried to refuel with a loading capsule, but in 2018 and 2019 they called both units as they were destroyed when they returned to the atmosphere – the first without control and the last with central instructions. Take into consideration. The final version will account for only 20 percent of the weight of the International Space Station, leaving a maximum of 3 people, but more than 100 experiments have already been selected, with experts waiting to be carried out on needles, in 9 cases with an international participant.
There are also plans to launch a modern space telescope in 2024, which will be the next big test.