you're reading...
Defence & Aerospace

China launches Tiangong-2 Space Lab

China's Long March Rocket

China’s Long March Rocket

Engineers have begun injecting propellant into the Long march-2F T2 rocket that will carry the Tiangong-2 into space, reports China’s State news agency Xinhua, quoting Wu Ping, the deputy director of the manned space engineering office.

Once launched into space, the Tiangong-2 is scheduled to manoeuvre itself into an orbit about 380 kilometres above the Earth for initial tests. It will then transfer to a slightly higher orbit about 393 kilometres above the Earth when the Shenzhou-11 will ferry two astronauts to the lab.

The two Chinese astronauts will remain in Tiangong-2 for 30 days, said Wu Ping. She added that in April 2017, China’s first cargo spaceship Tianzhou-1, which literally means “heavenly vessel,” will dock with Tiangong-2 and provide it with fuel and supplies.

The new Chinese space laboratory has been equipped to conduct experiments related to medicine, physics and biology, including quantum key transmission, studies on space atomic clocks and solar wind research, she added.

Research with space atomic clocks may shed more light onto the interactions between gravity and the passing of time, which is research that is of crucial importance for all long-term space missions.

Source: NSNBC – China launches Tiangong-2 Space Lab



About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get An Australian Diploma

China Daily Mail

China Daily Mail is not affiliated in any way with The China Daily or the government of the People's Republic of China.

Enter your email address to receive an email each time an article is published, or join our RSS feed. 100% FREE.

Want to write for China Daily Mail?

Read "Contributor Guidelines" above to join our team of 68 contributors. Write news or opinion about issues in China, or post photos and video. Promote your own site.

Recent Posts

China Daily Mail Stories Have Been Featured In:

%d bloggers like this: