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In 2016, China will launch the second Tingong-2 orbital module
China in 2016 will launch the second orbital module "Tiangong-2" / "Heavenly Palace-2" / as part of the project for the construction of a manned space station / CS /. Wang Zhaoyao, head of the Office of the Manned Space Program of China, announced this in an interview with Xinhua News Agency.
For three years from the moment this project was launched, all work is proceeding according to a schedule, development and manufacturing of the corresponding spacecraft are under way, ground-based infrastructure facilities are being built, and extensive comprehensive tests are being carried out, he said.
According to him, 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-11 manned spacecraft / Magic Ship-11 / and the Changzheng-2F-Y11 launch vehicle.
"According to the plan, Tiangong-2 will be launched in 2016, the manned ship 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 the space station with technologies such as the mid-term stay of cosmonauts on the spacecraft, the operation of regenerative life support systems, the provision 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.