China’s Plans Include A New Standalone Space Station After Tiangong-1’s Fall

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According to Beijing’s state media, China doesn’t give up its space development plans after the recent crash of Tiangong-1 space station. The prototype fell out of orbit and burned up in the sky over the Southern Pacific ocean last Sunday, on April 1st.

“The JFSCC used the Space Surveillance Network sensors and their orbital analysis system to confirm Tiangong-1’s re-entry” or fall, the U.S. Air Force stated.

China is moving forward with its space plans

China plans a new standalone space station, and the plan is to have it ready for operation by 2024. The team working on this new space station is quite young, and the average age is of only 35.

The public attention is also heading towards a core module of the space station that works as habitat technology for the astronauts.

China’s state-owned CCTV stated that the core module is currently in testing at a production base in Tianjin’s space city.

The interior of the space module is promising 

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that there was footage of the module’s interior that aired on Wednesday. One of the designers of the space station, Zhang Hao, stated that the main control compartment from the module is set to help a better control over the flight and it also regulated the power and life support system of the whole station.

It seems that there’s also a workspace destined for astronauts included in the module in which they can conduct necessary experiments.

Robotic technology to assist astronauts

Robotic technology will assist the astronauts with the installing and dismantling of equipment in the station.

A Scientist at Peking University, Jiao Weixin, stated that “It is possible that China’s space station will be the only working station after 2024 when the International Space Station] is expected to retire and China will take a dominant position in conducting space experiments.”


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