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Model of Tianhe’s module unveiled

A FULL-SIZE model of the core module of China’s space station Tianhe made its debut at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong Province, yesterday.

The core module will mainly serve for control and management aspects of the space station and for the astronauts’ living conditions. It will have autonomous flight capability, support the astronauts’ long-time stay in outer space and help them conduct experiments concerning aerospace medicine and space science.

The in-orbit construction of the space station is expected to be completed around 2022. It will be the country’s space lab in the long-term stable in-orbit operation.

The space station will consist of a core module and two experimental modules, each weighing about 20 tons. It will accommodate three to six astronauts. The designed lifespan of the space station is no less than 10 years.

Meanwhile, China is developing a new-generation medium-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-8, which will be sent into space by 2020.

The rocket will meet the growing needs of medium and high-orbit commercial rocket launches, and help upgrade all Chinese carrier rockets in active service, Song Zhengyu, head of the rocket project, said at the exhibition.


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