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Chinese Designers Busy Testing Tiangong-2 for New Space Mission

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Designers of China's second orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 is busy engaging in testing the lab for a new space mission starting in the third quarter this year. Having completed assembly of Tiangong-2, China will send the lab into space in the third quarter this year. In the fourth quarter, the country will launch the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft with two astronauts on board to dock with Tiangong-2. Implementing space science experiments and applications, the astronauts will stay in space for 30 days, a basic international standard of medium-term stay. "We plan to complete the medium-term stay mission in the space lab. It also involves a manned spacecraft, which will carry life necessities of the astronauts, thus capacity of Tiangong-2 were much expanded," said Zhu Congpeng, chief designer of spacelab systems for China's manned space engineering project. Compared with Tiangong-1, Tiangong-2 carries much more new equipments that will be tested for construction of a space station in the future, Zhu said. "We also installed a mechanical arm that will carry out automatic repair outside of the space lab," Zhu said. Tiangong-2 is also expected to dock with a space cargo ship scheduled to be launched in the first half of next year. During the process, China will verify key technologies including cargo transportation and on-orbit propellant resupply. "After docking, propellant on the cargo ship will be supplied to the Tiangong-2 space lab," Zhu said. A total of 14 experiments will be carried out in Tiangong-2, and most of relevant technologies will be used on application satellites, said Zhao Guangheng, chief designer of space application systems for China's manned space engineering project. "Technologies of equipment including spectrograph on Tiangong-1 have been employed on meteorological and ocean remote sensing satellites," Zhao said. China's multi-billion-dollar space program, a source of surging national pride in the country, aims to put a permanent manned space station into service around 2022. The construction of the country's first orbiting space station will be completed by around 2020, according to the spokesperson. The space station is expected to have three parts -- a core module attached to two labs, each weighing about 20 tons. China launched its first space lab, Tiangong-1, in September 2011 and has conducted two dockings with the module in the following two years. The Tiangong-1 has been in service for four years and a half and is in good working condition. It will remain in orbit for continued operation, officials said. http://news.cctvplus.tv/NewJsp/news.jsp?fileId=343949 Subscribe us on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmv5DbNpxH8X2eQxJBqEjKQ CCTV+ official website: http://newscontent.cctv.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cctv-news-content? Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CCTV/756877521031964 Twitter: https://twitter.com/NewsContentPLUS