China has launched its first cargo ship, Tianzhou-1 into space on a mission to dock and provide fuel and other supplies to its space lab, Tiangong-2 orbiting planet Earth.
Tianzhou-1 was launched into space on Thursday from Wenchang Space Launch Center in the southern Hainan province. Chinese aerospace scientists confirmed Thianzhou is the largest cargo vessel built to date.
Tianzhou-1 will dock with the orbiting Tiangong Space Lab, provide food and other supplies, and conduct space experiments. Unloading the supplies is complicated and involves more than two dozen procedures and takes several days.
One of the chief designers of the space craft said Tianzhou-1 wil dock with Tiangong-2 three times, using different procedures to test the ability of the cargo ship to dock with the space station from different directions.
The cargo ship is to deliver basic supplies and necessities, including fuel, water, food and equipment needed to maintain the future space station. The space station is expected to orbit Earth for at least 10 years before burning out.
The United States has acknowledged China’s increasing space developments and claims Beijing pursues such activities to prevent other nations from using space-based military assets.
PressTV / AA Magnum News 2017.