The launch of China's first space truck was successful
Yesterday, from the spaceport Wenchang in Hainan Province has successfully launched the first in the history of China's space truck "Tyanchzhou-1" ( "Heavenly ship-1"), which will deliver to the space station "Tiangong-2" a little more than six tons of valuable cargo, and then for a few months will be used for all sorts of tests and experiments. Starting the truck it was widely covered by Chinese media including CCTV China Central Television.
, the truck will be put into orbit to dock with the space laboratory "Tiangong-2" three times, including in order to unload and to fill it with fuel. After that, the Chinese for two months will conduct all sorts of studies and experiments involving trucks, aimed at improving the docking process, refueling in space and other important processes. China is slowly but surely moving towards its goal to collect in Earth orbit own International Space Station. The main module of the future station, the Chinese are planning to launch as early as 2018, and a full launch of its work is planned already in 2022. After 2018, according to chief designer of China's manned space program spacecraft, the main unit truck "Tyanchzhou-2" will be launched stations and manned spacecraft "Shenzhou-12".