China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab

2nd Manned Space Flight On October 12

2nd Manned Space Flight On October 12

Tianzhou-1 blasted off atop a latest-generation Long March 7 rocket from a launch platform on the island province of Hainan.

The report said that since China conducted its first crewed space mission in 2003, it has staged a spacewalk and landed its Jade Rabbit rover on the moon.

China's first cargo spacecraft docked successfully with the Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, marking a major step towards Beijing's goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.

Within two days of its launch, Tianzhou 1 is expected to dock with the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, China's second station in space, reported Associated Press.

The rendezvous and docking process of the Tianzhou-1 began even when it was dozens of kilometers away from the Tiangong-2 space lab.

In the third, Tianzhou-1 will use fast-docking technology. It normally takes about two days to dock, while fast docking will take only six hours.

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"I greatly appreciate China's contribution to global cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space and its ongoing and wide-ranging support of the Office's activities".

Without a cargo transportation system, the station would run out of power and basic necessities, causing it to return to Earth before the designated time.

According to Chinese space authorities, there have been more than 600 ground tests that demonstrated Tianzhou-1/Tiangong-2 docking hardware.

Zheleznyakov described the launch of Tianzhou-1 as a big step for Chinese space endeavors and an outstanding event for the global space sector. "China has worked well on space projects with Europe in the past".

China's thrilled by the success of the launch, because it knows that a permanent space station will need regular re-supply.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.