(Reporter Liu Jing) According to the China Manned Space Engineering Office, as of January 20, 2020, the initial samples of the space station’s core module and the new-generation manned spacecraft test ship have been safely transported by sea and land for about a week.
Arrived at the Wenchang space launch site, they will participate in training and first flight missions of the Long March 5B launch vehicle, respectively, marking the beginning of the China Space Station orbit construction mission.
It is understood that the core module is named “Tianhe”, which is the management and control center of the Chinese Space Station. It has a total length of 16.6 meters, a maximum diameter of 4.2 meters, and a launch mass of 22.5 tons.
It can support 3 astronauts to stay in orbit for a long time and support development. The scientific experiments and technical tests of the space inside and outside the cabin are the largest spacecraft currently developed in China.
The new generation of manned spacecraft test ship is developed for China’s near-Earth space station operation and subsequent manned lunar exploration missions, with a total length of 8.8 meters and a launch mass of 21.6 tons.
It has high security, high reliability, multi-mission, and modular design characteristics. It is mainly used to verify key technologies such as pneumatic thermal protection, reentry control, and group umbrella deceleration recovery.
At present, the launch site facilities and equipment are in good condition, and all preparations for joint training tasks are carried out in an orderly manner. According to the plan, the Long March 5B carrier rocket will arrive at the Wenchang space launch site in early February.