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In 2016, China will launch the second orbital module "Heavenly Palace - 2"

China in 2016 will launch the second orbital module Tiangong-2 (Heavenly Palace-2) as part of the construction of a manned space station (CS). Wang Zhaoyao, head of the Office of the Manned Astronautics Program of China, said this in an interview with Xinhua News Agency.

For three years since the start of the project, all work has been going according to schedule, the development and manufacture of appropriate spacecraft are underway, ground infrastructure facilities are being built, and large-scale comprehensive tests are being carried out, he said.

The construction of the main vehicles is at a key stage - the Tiangong-2 orbital module, the Tianzhou cargo ship (Skyship), the Changzheng-7 (Long March 7) launch vehicle, the Shenzhou-manned spacecraft. 11 "(" Magic Ship-11 ") and the launch vehicle" Changzheng-2F-Y11 ".

"According to the plan, Tiangong-2 will be launched in 2016, the manned spacecraft Shenzhou and the cargo spacecraft Tianzhou will fly to it," Wang Zhaoyao said. technologies such as the mid-term stay of cosmonauts on the spacecraft, the operation of regenerative life support systems, the supply of the spacecraft with a cargo ship.

The Tiangong-2 module will be launched from a new cosmodrome in the Hainan province (South China). At the moment, work on its construction has already been practically completed, conditions have been created for the start of its operation, Wang Zhaoyao said.

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