China launches its first unmanned cargo spacecraft

China launches its first unmanned cargo spacecraft

China has launched its first cargo spacecraft, making further progress in its goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.

The Tiangong 2 space station was launched past year September and is now unmanned.

"After our space station is launched, then if the United States or Russian Federation needs to do space research, then we can say, "sorry, you will have to contact China and cooperate with us", the Financial Times quoted Peking University professor Jiao Weixin as saying.

Tianzhou-1 started its five-month journey in space Thursday evening. Indeed, China plans to dock it three times: once to get there, a second time to test Tianzhou-1's ability to dock from a different direction and a third time to test fast-dock tech that will reduce coupling time to just six hours.

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"Within two days of its launch, Tianzhou 1 is expected to dock with the Tiangong 2 space laboratory". In-space fuel transfer has only been done by Russian Federation and the USA. That's one of the key technologies deciding the successful operation of China's future space station.

President Xi Jinping has prioritized advancing China's space program to strengthen national security.

China is conducting stem cell experiments to investigate the possibility of human reproduction in space aboard cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1, according to the Tianzhou's engineer. DevOps, continuous delivery and containerisation.

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