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China's Space Station Plans In Powerpoint: A Closer Look at Tiangong 3

Popular Science

The Tiangong 3 space station will be completed no latter than 2022, just as the International Space Station enters into retirement. The Tiangong 3's three 20 ton modules will be boosted into space by the LM-5 heavy space rocket. The China Manned Space Agency released several Powerpoint slides showing a closer look at the Tiangong 3, China's planned space station. Scheduled to be commissioned in 2022, the Tiangong 3 will be regularly visited by Shenzhou manned space vessels, and automated Tianzhou resupply vehicles. The Tianhe 1 will be the core module of the Tiangong 3 space station, with a robotic arm (yellow, on the bottom), docking ports (located in the copper color coded section) and the storage section (color coded white) has internal modular racks for storing supplies and scientific experiments.


China to complete major space station in 2022

FOX News

Fox Nation's'Who Can Forget 2021?' revisits the year's out-of-this-world headlines. To watch the full program, visit foxnation.com China has recommitted itself to completing its orbiting space station by the end of the year and says it is planning more than 40 launches for 2022, putting it roughly level with the United States. Launches would include those of two Shenzhou crewed missions, two Tianzhou cargo spacecraft and the station's additional two modules, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday, citing a recent announcement by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation known as CASC. Named Mengtian and Wentian, the science modules will join the Tianhe core module that is currently home to a three-person crew.


China plans to invite other nations to work and stay on its Tiangong space station

Daily Mail - Science & tech

China has big plans for its orbital laboratory, the Tiangong space station, including inviting international and commercial partners to take part and visit the facility. The station launched in April 2021 with the Tianhe habitation unit, and by the end of this year will include two more modules, the Wentian and Mengtian science facilities. It sits 340 miles about 340 miles above the Earth's surface, about 100 miles higher than the International Space Station, and is about a fifth the mass of the ISS. China will launch six missions before the end of this year to complete the station, including sending crews of astronauts on six month missions, and re-supply trips. Chinese authorities say plans for the station, once fully assembled, include inviting space tourists and astronauts from other space agencies to visit, as well as linking up the station to become the control center for a powerful space telescope.


What Is China's Tiangong Program? Space Station Plan Strong Despite Tiangong-1 Failure

International Business Times

Ever since its failure was confirmed in late 2015, China's Tiangong-1 spacecraft has been tracked by organizations to try determine where it will fall following reentry, expected to take place in the first week of April. While the loss of the module may have been a setback, it hasn't stopped China from pursuing its ambitious goal of building its own space station, Tiangong. Translating to "heavenly palace" from Mandarin, the Tiangong program is a bold one, considering China was a relative newcomer to the space race but has already established a habitable presence in orbit around Earth. Tiangong-1, before it failed, saw two visits by crews who spent time in the module, proving that it was habitable. The Chinese are following the tested approach of building a space station one module at a time.


China confirms it's joining Russia to build a moon base by 2035

Daily Mail - Science & tech

China has confirmed it's joining forces with Russia to build a research station on the moon by 2035, which will rival NASA's Lunar Gateway. Confirmation of plans to build the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) came on Friday from officials at China National Space Administration (CNSA), the country's national space agency. Russia and China aim to complete basic infrastructure construction for ILRS by 2035, Wu Yanhua, CNSA deputy director, told a briefing in Beijing. ILRS will rival NASA's Lunar Gateway, which is set to play a'vital' role in the US space agency's upcoming Artemis program. However, NASA's Lunar Gateway will only orbit the moon, while ILRS will have both an orbiter and a base on the lunar surface, as well as multiple exploration rovers.