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In 2016, China will launch the second orbital module "Heavenly Palace - 2"
In 2016, China 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 is proceeding on schedule, the development of the corresponding spacecraft is under way, ground-based infrastructure facilities are being built, and large-scale complex tests are being carried out, he said.
At a key stage is the construction of the main vehicles - 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 ship Tianzhou will fly to it," Wang Zhaoyao said. The main goal of this stage, he noted, is to master such key for the space station. 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 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, said Wang Zhaoyao.