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China plans to launch core module of space station around 2018

By spacedaily.com

China will launch a core module belonging to its first space station around 2018, according to a senior engineer with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. on Thursday. Two space labs will be launched later and dock with the core module, “Tianhe-1,” said Wang Zhongyang, spokesperson with a key research institute attached to the corporation.

The construction of space station is expected to finish in 2022, Wang said.

China set to launch “more livable” space lab in Q3
China will put the country’s second space lab Tiangong-2 into space in the third quarter of this year with more livable conditions for astronauts, a spokesman said here Thursday.

According to Wang Zhongyang, spokesman with the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), the new space lab will consist of a hermetically sealed experiment cabin, designed to provide astronauts with clean air and suitable temperature and humidity, and a resource module featuring solar wings, batteries and propellant for thrusters.

“We have specifically modified the interior of the new space lab to make it more livable for mid-term stays for our astronauts,” Wang said ahead of the country’s Space Day on April 24, set to mark the launch of China’s first satellite 46 years ago.

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