According to official media reports, China launched a cargo spacecraft to supply its future space station on Saturday. The spacecraft successfully landed on the basic module of the space station after a delay due to technical reasons.
China News Agency reported that the 14-ton Longa Marche 7 rocket transported food, equipment and fuel and took off from the Wenchang launch site in the southern part of Hainan Island.
The agency quoted a source from the China Space Administration (CMSA) to add that the spacecraft successfully separated from the propeller, entered orbit and installed solar panels. The agency stated that it landed on the basic module of the space station at 21:01 GMT, referring to the China Space Administration.
A space station called Tiangong (Tiangong) will require more than a dozen launches to complete orbital assembly. It should be operational in 2022.
Once completed, it will stay in orbit for 15 years.
After a possible withdrawal from the International Space Station (ISS) after 2028, Tiangong may become the only manned station in Earth orbit.
“We will first translate the necessary supporting materials, spare parts and equipment, and then translate our crew,” the China News Daily quoted CMSA director Hao Chun as saying.
China will begin preparations to send three astronauts into space.
Beijing officials have allocated billions of dollars for its space program in an attempt to catch up with the pioneers of space exploration Russia and the United States.
However, China has been severely criticized by the United States and many experts for the potential danger of violating space rules.
Earlier this month, China successfully landed the Mars rover Zhu Rong, becoming the third country to successfully land a spacecraft on the Red Planet.
It is expected that the rover will soon begin to study the geology of Mars. It is expected to spend three months shooting and collecting data on the vast lava plains of the northern hemisphere.