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Tianzhou-1 performs rendez vous with Tiangong-2

After refueling finished last week, this time Tianzhou-1 robotic cargo spacecraft and Tiangong-2 space station separated for five hours to perform rendez vous maneuver. Tianzhou-1 conducted correct separation yesterday. Maneuver was performed completely without any engagement from Earth – both Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2 were relying only on their onboard computers during whole process. After releasing bolts at 01:37 UTC cargo spacecraft Continue Reading The post Tianzhou-1 performs rendez vous with Tiangong-2 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Second refueling of Tiangong-2 finished !

Tiangong-2 orbital space station passed through successful refueling done by first Chinese robotic cargo spacecraft – Tianzhou-1. First refueling was already performed on April 27, 2017. Remaining docked to Tiangong-2 since 22 April 2017 robotic cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 performed refueling procedure for the second time and transferred propellant to fuel tanks of the station. Process was finished successfully on Thursday 10:28 Continue Reading The post Second refueling of Tiangong-2 finished ! appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Tianzhou-1 docked to Tiangong-2 space station

After two days of space journey first Chinese robotic cargo spacecraft reached Tiangong-2 space station and managed to docked yesterday to docking port after rendez vous on 385 km Low Earth Orbit. Three days ago on Thursday, April 20th Long March 7 was launched from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center to deliver to LEO orbit Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft. Mission of Tianzhou-1 Continue Reading The post Tianzhou-1 docked to Tiangong-2 space station appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Tianzhou-1 launched !

China launched their first robotic cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, with resupply mission to remaining on 380 km orbit Tiangong-2 space station. This historical launch was performed at 11:43 UTC from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center today with Long March 7 rocket. This is large, long for 53 m modern Chinese rocket launched for the second time in history (for the first time Continue Reading The post Tianzhou-1 launched ! appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Long March rolled out with Tianzhou-1

This will be historical mission in the history of Chinese space exploration program – Long March 7 rocket will deliver to orbit first Chinese robotic cargo spacecraft during its second flight. Rocket was already rolled out from assembling facility at Wenchang Satellite launch Center. Roll out was performed on April 17 at 07:30 local time. Rocket will be launched from Wenchang Continue Reading The post Long March rolled out with Tianzhou-1 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]