The successful re-launch of the Long March 5, China’s follow-up major space projects also began to speed up, in July will be the Long March 5 remote four rocket launch the first Mars rover, space station construction is also in full swing. According to the official news of China Aerospace Science and Technology Group, January 20, the group seized the total development of the core module of the space station prototype products, a new generation of manned spacecraft test ship, after about a week of land and sea transportation, has been safely arrived at the Hainan Wenchang space launch site, will participate in the Long March 5 B carrier rocket launch occasion, the first flight mission.
This marks the beginning of the Chinese space station in orbit construction mission!
At present, Hainan Wenchang launch site facilities and equipment in good condition, the preparation of the joint task in an orderly manner. According to the plan, the Long March V B rocket will arrive at the Wenchang launch site in early February.
The core module of the Chinese space station is named “Tianhe”, serving as the management and control center, with a total length of 16.6 meters, a maximum diameter of 4.2 meters, a launch mass of 22.5 tons, supporting the long-term presence of three astronauts in orbit, supporting the development of space science experiments and technical experiments inside and outside the capsule, is the largest spacecraft currently developed in China.
The new generation of manned spacecraft is designed for the operation of China’s near-Earth space station, follow-up manned lunar exploration and other missions, the total length of 8.8 meters, launch quality of 21.6 tons, with high safety, high reliability, adaptation to multi-tasking, modular design characteristics.
This test ship is mainly used to verify the key technologies such as pneumatic thermal protection, re-entry control and group umbrella deceleration recovery.
Long March V B, based on the Long March V rocket, is China’s low-Earth orbit carrying capacity of the largest new generation of launch vehicles, a total length of 53.7 meters, take-off weight of 837.5 tons, low-Earth orbit carrying capacity of more than 22 tons, April 23, 2019 to complete the initial prototype development work.