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Tianzhou-1 after refueling session

Chinese robotic spacecraft performed successfully another refueling of Tiangong-2 space station after docking which followed lasting 12 weeks solo mission. Tianzhou-1 robotic spacecraft continues its mission started on 20 April 2017. After first sessions of refueling performed on April 24, 2017 and solo mission which lasted for 12 weeks, vehicle is facing next mission objectives. This time it was planned Continue Reading The post Tianzhou-1 after refueling session appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Short rendezvous of Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2

Chinese first robotic cargo spacecraft which docked to Tiangong-2 space station on April 22, 2017, performed recently another test rendezvous. Spacecraft was launched from Wenchang Space Center LC-2 launch site on the top of the Long March 7 rocket over seven months after delivering Tiangong-2 to orbit on September 15, 2016. After docking performed two days after launch, Tianzhou-1 performed series Continue Reading The post Short rendezvous of Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

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. [...]