[국제]China’s space station accelerates… Cargo spacecraft successfully docked with core modules

Chinese cargo ship ‘Tianzhou-2’ launched from Wenchang base
Cargo ship docks with core modules within 8 hours of launch
On April 29, the Tianhe module was successfully docked one month after launch.


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China’s pace to build its own space station is accelerating.

Just one month after the launch of the space station’s core module, Tianhe, the cargo spacecraft was launched and docked with the module.

This is reporter Kim Tae-hyung.

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The cargo ship ‘Tianzhou-2’ loaded with goods and equipment necessary for the construction of the space station is loaded onto a Changjeong rocket and launched.

The cargo ship flies through outer space to approach the space station’s core module, Tianhe.

About eight hours after launch, it finally succeeded in docking with Tianhe.

Docking took place exactly one month after the Tianhe module was launched at the end of last month.

China originally planned to launch the cargo ship on the 20th, but it was delayed at the last minute for technical reasons.

With a length of 10.6m, Tianzhou-2 can carry up to 6.5 tons of food, equipment and fuel required for three astronauts to perform a three-month space mission.

[저우쉐메이 / 톈저우 2호 우주 임무 수석 엔지니어 : 중국 최초로 ‘쾌속 자동 우주 도킹’ 임무를 완수했습니다. 우주정거장 건설을 위해 의미가 큽니다.]

China plans to launch its own space station by the end of next year by launching the Shenzhou 12 manned spacecraft next month, followed by Tianzhou 3 and Shenzhou 13 in sequence.

[양옌보 / 톈저우 2호 우주 임무 책임자 : 여러 세대에 걸친 중국인의 노력이 성과를 냈습니다. 향후 2년간 11번 발사를 통해 우주정거장 건설을 완수하겠습니다.]

China’s space station is 37 meters long and weighs 90 tons, which is one-third the size of the International Space Station (ISS) jointly operated by the United States and Russia.

China’s space facility will become the only space station in Earth orbit if the International Space Station is shut down after 2025.

YTN Kim Tae-hyun[kimth@ytn.co.kr]is.

[저작권자(c) YTN & YTN plus 무단전재 및 재배포 금지]

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