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China launches 'Tianhe,' core module of space station

For more:https://www.cgtn.com/videoChina on Thursday launched the core module of the country's space station from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the...

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A Long March-5B Y2 rocket carrying Tianhe, the core module of China's first permanent space station, is blasting off from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in ...

Tianhe

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Human Exploration

Low Earth Orbit Wenchang Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Tianhe (which translates as "Heavenly Harmony") is the core module and backbone of the Chinese space station, designed to provide the main living quarters and control centre for the station crew.

Updates

Nosu • April 29, 2021, 4:28 a.m.

Successful launch of the core module of the Chinese space station.


Cosmic_Penguin • April 28, 2021, 11:57 p.m.

Go for launch.


Cosmic_Penguin • April 11, 2021, 11:20 a.m.

Updated launch time.


Long March 5B

Family: Long March 5
Configuration: B

The configuration of the CZ-5B variant consists of the Long March 5 core stage with its four strapped-on liquid-fueled boosters, but the usual second stage will be absent; in place of the second stage would be heavier low earth orbit payloads.

Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    53.66 m
  • Diameter
    5.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.0 m
  • Launch Mass
    837 T
  • Thrust
    10565 kN
Family
  • Name
    Long March 5B
  • Family
    Long March 5
  • Variant
    B
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 5B
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    25000 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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Chairmen & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 244 Failures: 10 Pending: 16

Agency Type: Government

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

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