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China to launch space station by 2023

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Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2013 02:41 AM by AlexMuller
China expects to complete its first orbiting space station within a decade. The station, in low-Earth orbit, will be able to support six crew on short-term missions and three for long-term stays. Its design consists of three capsules - a core module attached to two laboratories - with a cargo vessel to transport supplies.
 
The 2023 launch target was revealed at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Beijing. According to the China Manned Space Agency, the space station will cover an area of 60 sq m. Its core module (18.1m long) will weigh 20 to 22 metric tonnes and will be attached to two self-contained labs.
 
Once operational, astronauts would be able to make long-term missions in orbit and conduct technical tests and science experiments, said Wang Zhaoyao, the director of the space agency. But before all this, China must first test technologies in renewable life support and in-orbit refuelling.


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-27
+4
I don't foresee SpaceX doing a space station, they seem to be more interested in exploring and colonizing. So there is room for everyone out there and it appears that the Chinese have gotten in for their bite of the cake. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-27
+4
I must agree that prior to the launching and building of the space station, it will be very important for China to first test technologies in renewable life support and in-orbit refuelling. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-27
+4
The planned Chinese space station will support six crew on short-term missions and three for long-term stays. Its design consists of three capsules - a core module attached to two laboratories - with a cargo vessel to transport supplies. wow
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-27
+4
Well, this guest agrees with this other guest. LOL Sounds like quite a space station for a first try! They do not intend to do things on a small scale, do they? I personally wish them the best of luck in their endeavors. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-27
+4
Seems to be a pretty large Space station and with the two self contained labs, wow Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-26
+0
41KzHk Thanks-a-mundo for the blog post.Much thanks again. Great. Reply


 

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