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    "Taikonauts to execute 2nd spacewalk to explore optimized ways for extravehicular missions"

    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202108/1231862.shtml

    Taikonauts who have lived and worked in China's Tianhe space station core module for over two months are set to undertake the second round of extravehicular activity (EVA), commonly known as a spacewalk, in the near future, the Global Times has learned from the country's manned space authorities.
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    "Chinese astronauts out of spacecraft for second time extravehicular activities"

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    Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming had both slipped out of the space station core module Tianhe by 10:12 a.m. (Beijing Time) on Friday to conduct extravehicular activities (EVAs) for a second time, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

    Nie opened the hatch of Tianhe's node cabin at 8:38 a.m., the CMSA said.

    Donning Feitian, new-generation homemade extravehicular mobility unit spacesuits that literally means "flying to space," the two astronauts have completed installing the foot restraints and extravehicular working platform on the mechanical arm, the CMSA said.
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    "New extravehicular pump ensures stable operation of China's space station "

    http://www.news.cn/english/2021-08/25/c_1310148393.htm

    Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming completed extravehicular activities (EVAs) for the second time during the construction of the space station on Aug. 20. They installed extravehicular extended pump sets and lifted the panoramic camera in their EVAs.

    The newly installed extravehicular extended pump sets will play a key role in ensuring the in-orbit operation of China's space station for no less than 15 years, according to the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).
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    "Understanding life support systems aboard China's space station"

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-09-0...u0o/index.html

    The life support systems, which regenerate air, water and other supporting resources, are crucial for the sustainable operation of China's space station, according to an official from the Astronaut Center of China.

    China has five such systems at the space station. One is for gas regeneration and purification, including the removal of carbon dioxide and harmful gases. Others include water electrolysis to make oxygen, urine treatment, the collection of condensate water and water treatment.

    The three Chinese astronauts, or taikonauts, need about 11 to 12 kilograms of water per day, currently 90 percent of which can be generated by the regenerative systems, said Wang Chunhui, deputy chief designer of the astronaut systems at the Astronaut Center of China.
    "How to ensure water supply at China's space station?"

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-2...NAI/index.html

    Water is vital for life. Therefore, a safe and reliable water supply is essential for astronauts staying for a long time in the space station.

    Water is made available for the taikonauts in three ways: transported by spacecraft, on-site generation and recycling.

    Before the launch of Shenzhou-12, the Tianzhou-2 cargo craft sent water supplies to the core module for the Shenzhou-12 crew. According to the China Manned Space Agency, more than 10 bags of water for daily use and electrolytic oxygen generation were delivered to the core module.

    Water can also be generated at the space station by a fuel cell, with hydrogen and oxygen being combined to form water on two electrodes in the presence of a catalyst. This reaction also generates energy which is converted into electricity to power the space station.

    The water generated through the reaction is cooled, and its temperature is brought down to 18 to 24 degrees Celsius and purified by a silver ion sterilizer before being sent to a storage tank.
    "How Chinese tech helps make life in space easier?"

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-2...CZq/index.html

    Nothing is too trivial when it comes to living in space. For a medium- to long-term mission, daily necessities must be durable and have a long shelf life. That is where science and technology come in. Thanks to China's many independent innovations, the country's astronauts, or taikonauts, can rest easy in space.

    A tiny lint fuzz could lead to big trouble in space as it could cause the taikonauts to have trouble breathing. The materials for the spacesuit must protect against this and over 10 other requirements, including anti-bacteria, anti-static and good ventilation and sweat absorption, for the duration of the trip.

    More than 20 researchers have spent three years independently developing the right material for the spacesuits at a research base designated for fabric research and development for special purpose workwear in Huzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province.
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    "Shenzhou XII spacecraft headed back to Earth"

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/20210...3a6821f69.html

    The Shenzhou XII spacecraft departed China's Tiangong space station on Thursday morning, according to the China Manned Space Agency. The spacecraft, which is carrying three Chinese astronauts, is to land on Earth on Friday.

    The agency said in a brief statement that the spacecraft left the station's core module at 8:56 am and started to orbit Earth on its own.
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    "Chinese astronauts return to earth after 90-day mission"

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/C...ssion_999.html

    Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth Friday after completing the country's longest-ever crewed mission, the latest landmark in Beijing's drive to become a major space power.

    The capsule carrying the trio deployed its parachute and landed in the Gobi desert at 1:34 pm local time (0534 GMT).

    "It feels very good to be back!," Tang Hongbo told state broadcaster CCTV after the 90-day mission, a record for China.
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    Andrew Jones on the landing and future plans for the CSS.

    https://spacenews.com/shenzhou-12-as...ation-mission/

    Tianzhou-3 is being prepared to launch around Sept. 20 from Wenchang following rollout of the fourth Long March 7 rocket Sept. 16. It will provide supplies and other equipment for the six-month-long visit to Tianhe of the three Shenzhou-13 astronauts. The latter mission will launch from Jiuquan on a Long March 2F as soon as early October.

    Unofficial projections have Shenzhou-13 running from October to March 2022. Tianzhou-4 supply mission would then follow in around a month later, with Shenzhou-14 in May 2022. The two experiment modules, Wentian and Mengtian, are to launch May-June and August-September respectively. Finally, Tianzhou-5 would launch in October in preparation for Shenzhou-15 in November 2022, completing the construction phase.
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    "China rolls out cargo mission rocket as Shenzhou-12 astronauts leave space station"

    https://spacenews.com/china-rolls-ou...space-station/

    China is preparing to launch its second space station cargo mission just as its Shenzhou-12 astronauts are set to return to Earth.

    The Long March 7 rocket carrying the Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft rolled out at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, south China, early September 16, China’s human spaceflight agency announced. Launch is targeted for September 20, according to local traffic restrictions.

    Tianzhou-3 is expected to carry supplies, equipment and propellant to the Tianhe space station core module in preparation for the arrival of Shenzhou-13.
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    When is the next crew going up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superluminal View Post
    When is the next crew going up?
    Sometime in October but no date yet,
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    "Tianzhou-3 cargo craft launches to the Chinese Space Station"

    Superluminal it is October 13.

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021...argo-launches/

    China successfully launched a Long March 7 from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 07:10 UTC (3:10 PM Beijing time), beginning its journey to the Chinese Space Station. The spacecraft then docked to the station just under seven hours later.

    This launch of the Tianzhou-3 spacecraft comes days after the successful return of the Shenzhou-12 crew, who landed on September 17. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo spent 93 days in space and landed in the Gobi Desert, located in Inner Mongolia near the town of Dongfeng.


    The Tianzhou-3 spacecraft brings 5.6 tons of supplies up to the Tianhe core module of the Chinese Space Station (CSS). Some of these supplies include propellant for the station, consumables, and one EVA suit. These supplies will be used by the Shenzhou-13 crew, who are scheduled to launch to the station on a Long March 2F/G from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on October 13.
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    "Building a home in the sky"

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/B...e_sky_999.html

    After initial solid steps, upcoming missions will ensure operation of China's Tiangong space station. China plans to conduct its Shenzhou XIII manned space flight this month, sending three astronauts to stay six months inside the country's Tiangong space station.

    During their mission, the astronauts, whose names have yet to be disclosed, will be mainly tasked with demonstrating and testing key technologies involved in the assembly and future operations of the Chinese space station, according to Zhou Yaqiang, a chief designer at the China Manned Space Agency's Technical Bureau.
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    China plans to launch the next astronauts to the CSS this Saturday.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/20211...39bc6efa4.html

    China plans to launch the Shenzhou XIII manned spacecraft early on Saturday morning, carrying three astronauts who will stay inside the country's Tiangong space station for six months, one of the lead officials in the country's manned space program said.

    Lin Xiqiang, deputy director of the China Manned Space Agency, said at a news conference on Thursday afternoon at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China that the mission will also feature the first spacewalk by a Chinese woman.

    It is expected to become the longest space journey by Chinese astronauts, doubling the time of their peers in the Shenzhou XII mission.
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