Tech & Science China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1

15:40  20 april  2017
15:40  20 april  2017 Source:   AFP

China's first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting space lab

  China's first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting space lab China's first cargo spacecraft docked successfully with the Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, marking a major step toward Beijing's goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022. President Xi Jinping has prioritised advancing China's space program to strengthen national security.The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft made the automated docking process with the orbiting space lab after it had taken off on Thursday evening from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in the southern island province of Hainan.

China 's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou - 1 is to be launched into space between April 20 and 24 to dock with the orbiting experimental space station.

China 's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou - 1 is to be launched into space between April 20 and 24, according to the office of China 's manned space program. (Xinhua/Ju Zhenhua).

A Long March 7 orbital launch vehicle carrying China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 is seen at its launch pad at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre before it's scheduled launch in Wenchang, southern China's Hainan Province © Provided by AFP A Long March 7 orbital launch vehicle carrying China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 is seen at its launch pad at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre before it's scheduled launch in Wenchang, southern China's Hainan Province A Chinese rocket successfully sent the country's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space from the southern island province of Hainan Thursday. 

Fuelled by liquid oxygen and kerosene, the Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket blasted off from Hainan's Wenchang Space Launch Center at 7:41 pm (11:41 GMT).

Hundreds of spectators who had been waiting to observe the launch since the afternoon cheered and clapped in the stands.

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Tianzhou 1 , China 's first cargo spacecraft , is set for launch from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Southern China 's Hainan province on April 20, 19:41, according to China 's Manned Space Engineering Office.

WENCHANG, Hainan -- China 's first cargo spacecraft , Tianzhou - 1 , is ready for launch , according to the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Southern China 's Hainan province.

Journalists and local hobbyists with long-range zoom lenses snapped photos of the rocket as it made its swift ascent.

Tianzhou-1, the first cargo spacecraft developed by China, is headed to dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab, which was launched last September.

The cargo ship is a "crucial step" toward China's goal of completing its own crewed space station by 2022, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The tube-like craft measures 10.6 metres in length and can carry over six tonnes of cargo as well as satellites, Xinhua said.

It will also conduct experiments in space, including one on non-Newtonian gravitation, before falling back to Earth, Xinhua said.

Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar space programme as a symbol of its rise and the Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation.

In 2011, the US Congress ruled that Chinese astronauts would not be allowed on the International Space Station because of national security concerns.

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Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk -- the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos. In less than a quarter of a century, the number of orbiting fragments large enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, a conference in Germany heard.And the estimated tally of tiny objects -- which can harm or degrade spacecraft in the event of a collision, and are hard to track -- is now around 150 million.

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