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    The 5th test of the high-thrust oxyhydrogen engine designed for the Long March-5 was carried out for 520 seconds.

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    A Chinese high-thrust oxyhydrogen engine designed for the Long March-5 carrier rocket has completed a 520-second test in Beijing in preparation for space station missions, the engine's maker said on Wednesday.

    Developed by an institute under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the engine is the most advanced cryogenic liquid rocket engine that has been put into use in China.

    The engine ran for 520 seconds during its test on Sunday, 20 seconds longer than its designed work cycle, exhibiting the capability to extend its service life, said the CASC. It is the fifth long-range test the rocket engine has undergone, bringing its cumulative test run time to 2,520 seconds.
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    Launch schedule for the space station

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    "Saudi scientists study effect of cosmic rays on solar cells in China space mission"

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    Saudi scientists plan to study how cosmic rays affect the efficiency of solar cells used in satellites.
    The Saudi Space Commission has agreed with the China Manned Space Agency to implement a mission on board the Chinese Space Station (CSS) next year, SPA reported.

    It follows an invitation from the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Chinese Manned Space Agency to participate in experiments on board the CSS. The aim is to design solar cells capable of working with high efficiency for long periods to reduce the cost of space missions.
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    Chinese spaceships are very simmilar to Alliances of the USSR, and the station is similar to MIR.

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    "SUPARCO invites young researchers to conduct experiments on China Space Station"

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    Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) in collaboration with China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) have invited researchers to propose and conduct experiments on China Space Station (CSS).

    According to an official source, students or researchers can submit concept papers to conduct research in the field of space science and technology on board CSS in the areas including space life science and biotechnology, microgravity fluid physics and combustion, space material sciences, space physics and environment, earth sciences, fundamental physics and space utilisation novel technology.
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    "Chinese rocket for space station mission arrives at launch site"

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    China's Long March-7 Y3 rocket, which will launch the cargo craft of China's space station, has arrived at its launch site in southern China's Hainan Province.

    The rocket, alongside the Tianzhou-2 cargo craft that has already been transported to the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, will be assembled and tested at the launch site, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said on Monday.
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    Leonard David writes on the activities to construct the CSS.

    https://www.leonarddavid.com/china-s...chedule-ahead/

    China’s has completely transferred its human spaceflight agenda to the construction stage of its space station. A number of missions — including launching the core module of the space station, cargo replenishment, and crewed space flights — will be implemented this year.

    The space station’s Tianhe core module and its booster, a Long March-5B Y2 are also at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site. Liftoff of that central element is scheduled to be implemented in the first half of this year.
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    As the date to launch the core module comes closer, expect more reports on CSS. Here is one by Andrew Jones.

    https://spacenews.com/china-preparin...tation-launch/

    A Long March 7 rocket has arrived at China’s coastal Wenchang spaceport to facilitate the Tianzhou-2 supply mission to a soon-to-launch space station module.

    The delivery was announced by the China Manned Space Engineering Office Monday and is part of intense preparations for construction of a modular space station in low Earth orbit.

    China is currently readying a Long March 5B rocket to launch Tianhe, aroughly 22-metric-ton spacecraft which will serve as the core space station module. That mission is expected to launch in late April.
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    "Manned spacecraft, carrier rocket for Shenzhou-12 mission arrive at launch center"

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    he manned spacecraft and carrier rocket for the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission have arrived at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

    The manned craft and the Long March-2F carrier rocket are now undergoing final assembly and testing at the launch site, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said on Friday.
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    Anyone read Chinese? Manual of Science Experimental Resources for the Chinese Space Station http://www.spaceflightfans.cn/91730.html Chinese astronauts in EVA training for space station mission https://forum.novosti-kosmonavtiki.r...opic=12551.500 The Tianhe Space Station mission emblem confirmed. https://twitter.com/ShuttleAlmanac/s...40812800782339

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    "Russia's cooperation with China on upcoming space station looks promising despite decision to build its own: experts"

    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221509.shtml

    Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) after reaching its planned lifespan in 2024 and is working on a new station to replace it, Russian media reported on Sunday.

    Chinese observers said that Russia's decision to build its own space station is consistent with its self-reliant principle of developing the aerospace industry but it will not overlook the option to cooperate on China's upcoming space station, as the craft might be the only operational station in orbit that will be open to foreign partners following the retirement of the ISS.
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    The latest article on the CSS is by Scientific American "China Is Set to Launch First Module of Massive Space Station"

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...pace-station1/

    Since the Soviet Union launched the first space station, Salyut 1, 50 years ago, humans have lived on a total of 11 such facilities in Earth orbit. China will soon add one more to that list. With the core module of the Chinese Space Station (CSS) scheduled to lift off at the end of April, the culmination of a project the nation’s government initially envisioned in 1992 is finally entering the construction phase.

    After the core module reaches space, China plans at least 10 more launches of other major modules, as well as crewed and cargo missions, to complete the station’s assembly by the end of 2022. At that time the CSS will join the International Space Station (ISS) as the only fully operational space stations in orbit.
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    "Rocket to lift space station core moves to launch tower"

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/20210...d0bab9dac.html

    The Long March 5B carrier rocket which will launch the core capsule of China's space station was moved on Friday morning to the launch tower at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the southernmost island province of Hainan, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

    The agency said in a brief statement that the rocket with the core capsule inside will begin pre-launch examinations.
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    Andrew Jones adds more details on what happens after the launch.

    https://spacenews.com/china-rolls-ou...tation-launch/

    China is set to launch the first module for its own space station next week after rolling out a Long March 5B rocket at Wenchang spaceport late Thursday.

    The 53.7-meter-long Long March 5B is now expected to launch the 22-ton Tianhe space station core module around April 29, although authorities have not officially released a launch time.

    The launch will mark the beginning of an intense construction phase for the three-module space station. China plans 11 major launches of modules, cargo and crewed spacecraft across 2021-22.
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    "China to launch Heavenly Harmony space station core module"

    https://news.yahoo.com/explainer-chi...073649400.html

    China plans to launch the core module for its first permanent space station this week in the latest big step forward for the country’s space exploration program.

    The Tianhe, or “Heavenly Harmony” module is set to be hurtled into space aboard a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan. The launch could come as early as Thursday night if all goes as planned.
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    "China Is Set to Launch First Module of Massive Space Station"

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...pace-station1/

    Since the Soviet Union launched the first space station, Salyut 1, 50 years ago, humans have lived on a total of 11 such facilities in Earth orbit. China will soon add one more to that list. With the core module of the Chinese Space Station (CSS) scheduled to lift off at the end of April, the culmination of a project the nation’s government initially envisioned in 1992 is finally entering the construction phase.

    After the core module reaches space, China plans at least 10 more launches of other major modules, as well as crewed and cargo missions, to complete the station’s assembly by the end of 2022. At that time the CSS will join the International Space Station (ISS) as the only fully operational space stations in orbit.
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    China's dream of having their own space station has began.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/202..._139914564.htm

    China on Thursday sent into space the core module of its space station, kicking off a series of key launch missions that aim to complete the construction of the station by the end of next year.

    The Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the Tianhe module, blasted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan at 11:23 a.m. (Beijing Time).

    Tianhe will act as the management and control hub of the space station Tiangong, meaning Heavenly Palace, with a node that could dock with up to three spacecraft at a time for short stays, or two for long, said Bai Linhou, deputy chief designer of the space station at the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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    REUTERS news on the launch.

    https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sc...on-2021-04-29/

    China launched an unmanned module on Thursday containing what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent space station that it plans to complete by the end of 2022, state media reported.

    The module, named "Tianhe", or "Harmony of the Heavens", was launched on the Long March 5B, China's largest carrier rocket, at 11:23 a.m. (0323 GMT) from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on the southern island of Hainan.

    Tianhe is one of three main components of what would be China's first self-developed space station, rivalling the only other station in service - the International Space Station (ISS).

    The ISS is backed by the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. China was barred from participating by the United States.
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    https://www.ft.com/content/15be9bc1-...f-8dbf6a753ef6

    The station is set to remain in orbit for at least 10 years and will be able to host three astronauts for missions of up to half a year. Taikonauts, as Chinese astronauts are called, are expected to visit the station this summer.

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    Andrew Jones on China's launch of the core module of its CSS.

    https://spacenews.com/china-launches...le-into-orbit/

    China successfully launched a 22-metric-ton module late Wednesday, beginning an intense period of missions for constructing the nation’s own space station.

    A Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket lifted off from the coastal Wenchang spaceport at 11:23 p.m. Eastern. The Tianhe space station core module separated from the first stage after 490 seconds of flight.

    Solar array deployment occurred just over an hour after launch. Li Shangfu, chief commander of the China Manned Spaceflight Program, announced launch success shortly after.
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    Leonard David on "China’s Space Station: Assembly Plans Detailed"

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    China’s core space station module is now circling Earth, lofted April 29 by a Long March-5B Y2 carrier rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the northeastern coast of south China’s Hainan Province.

    Tianhe is the foundational module for China’s first low-Earth orbital space station named Tiangong, which means “heavenly palace” in Chinese. The module is 16.6 meters long with a maximum diameter of 4.2 meters and a takeoff mass of 22.5 tons – billed as the largest spacecraft China has ever developed.
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    CNN on "China successfully launches first module of planned space station"

    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/29/w...scn/index.html

    For more than two decades, the International Space Station has orbited 227 nautical miles above Earth with more than 200 astronauts from 19 different countries enjoying stints aboard.

    But its role as the sole venue for a continuous human presence in space, scientific research and a testing ground for future space exploration is coming to a close, potentially signaling an end to an unparalleled era of international cooperation in space.
    China, whose astronauts have long been excluded from the ISS, successfully launched the first module of its planned space station on Thursday morning from the Wenchang launch site in the southern island of Hainan, according to the China National Space Administration.
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    "Graphics: China marches a step closer to its future space station"

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-3...tos/index.html

    China on Thursday launched a core module of its own space station, a step closer to the finishing touches on the decades-old manned space program.

    The space station, expected to be completed around 2022, will operate at a low-Earth orbit and an altitude of 340 km to 450 km above the Earth surface for more than 10 years, supporting worldwide scientific and technological experiments.
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    "China wants new space station to be more international"

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    China successfully launched the core module of its space station on Thursday, opening a new foothold for humanity in space.

    China's space station, guided by the idea of building a community with a shared future for humanity, will become a common home transcending Earthly bonds and an outpost for countries worldwide to explore the universe through cooperation.

    Tianhe, the name of the core module, means Harmony of the Heavens in Chinese, which conveys China's sincere hope to promote mutual trust and peace through international partnerships aboard the space station.

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    "Huge rocket looks set for uncontrolled reentry following Chinese space station launch"

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    China launched the first module for its space station into orbit late Wednesday, but the mission launcher also reached orbit and is slowly and unpredictably heading back to Earth.

    The Long March 5B, a variant of China’s largest rocket, successfully launched the 22.5-metric-ton Tianhe module from Wenchang Thursday local time. Tianhe separated from the core stage of the launcher after 492 seconds of flight, directly entering its planned initial orbit.

    Designed specifically to launch space station modules into low Earth orbit, the Long March 5B uniquely uses a core stage and four side boosters to place its payload directly into low Earth orbit.

    However this core stage is now also in orbit and is likely to make an uncontrolled reentry over the next days or week as growing interaction with the atmosphere drags it to Earth. If so, it will be one of the largest instances of uncontrolled reentry of a spacecraft and could potentially land on an inhabited area.
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    Is it an intentionally uncontrolled reentry, as in “we couldn’t be bothered including that feature” or unintentional as in “that feature is apparently not working”?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cannongray View Post
    Chinese spaceships are very simmilar to Alliances of the USSR, and the station is similar to MIR.
    Because that's where the technology was acquired from, Russo-Chinese co-operation is not a new thing.

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    "China plans four Tiangong Space Station launches in 2021"

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/C..._Says_999.html

    China plans to launch two cargo spaceships and two manned spacecraft for building its own orbit station within this year, Hao Chun, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) director, said on Thursday.

    Earlier in the day, the country successfully sent off the core module of China's new space station Tiangong, which means "heavenly palace," by launching a rocket from Wenchang spaceport, located on Hainan Island.

    "We will launch cargo spaceship Tianzhou-2 and manned spacecraft Shenzhou-12 in May and June. The missions of cargoship Tianzhou-3 and manned craft Shenzhou-13 are scheduled for September and October," Hao said, as broadcast by China Central Television.
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    "China Moves Toward a Permanent Space Presence"

    https://thediplomat.com/2021/05/chin...pace-presence/

    On April 29, China launched the first piece of its space station’s core module, Tianhe (heavenly harmony), on its Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China’s Hainan Province. This is the first of 11 such launches planned, to complete construction of China’s permanent space station by end of 2022.

    This year, there will be four more launches for construction of China’s space station. The next one is scheduled for May with the launch of the Tianzhou 2 cargo space craft once the Tianhe core module is in place, followed by the launch of three astronauts to study life support systems during a stay of three months in low Earth orbit (LEO). This will be followed by the launch of the Tianzhou 3 cargo spacecraft and the Shenzou 13 spacecraft later this year, with three astronauts who will stay six months in LEO – by far the longest stay in space by Chinese astronauts. Space station construction will be complete by the end of 2022 with six other launches scheduled that year.
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    "Q&A: Getting to know China's space station"

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/202..._139917457.htm

    A core module of China's space station was launched into space on Thursday. The following questions and answers provide insight into China's new space venture.
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