The launch of the Tianhe core module of the Chinese space station is imminent, and the long five-station three rotating platforms are fully opened
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At 9:30, the three long five-station slewing platforms were all opened. Photo by Hua Jiajun
In 2021, the number of China’s space launches will reach 40+, and the construction of China’s space station will also enter the mission implementation stage. According to the space station construction mission plan, 11 missions will be implemented this year and next, including 3 space station module launches, 4 cargo spacecraft and 4 manned spacecraft launches. The space station will be completed in orbit by 2022 to realize China’s manned spaceflight. The mission goal of the third step of the development strategy of the three-step project.
The China Space Station will be built in a low-Earth orbit about 400 kilometers from the ground. The orbit height is more than 600 times the height of the Shanghai Tower. It can achieve long-term stay of 3 people and short-term stay of 6 people.
The launch mission of the China Space Station Tianhe Core Module is the “first battle” for the construction of the China Space Station. The total weight of the Tianhe core cabin and the two experimental cabins is nearly 70 tons, of which the weight of the Tianhe core cabin is about 22.5 tons, which is equivalent to 15 cars.