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China plans to launch 1st cargo spacecraft as early as mid-April
   2017-02-13 20:21:26    Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Jin

The Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft arrives at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province for assembly and testing on Monday, February 13, 2017. [Photo: huanqiu.com]

China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft via a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket in April, sources said Monday.

The Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft, which departed from north China's Tianjin on Feb. 5, arrived at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province on Monday for assembly and testing, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

A computer-simulated image of China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 [File photo: cmse.gov.cn]

Consisting of a cargo capsule and a propellant capsule, Tianzhou-1, the first cargo spacecraft independently developed by China, has a take-off weight of about 13 tonnes, up to six tonnes of which is payload. It can remain in space on its own for as long as three months.

It is capable of docking with the Tiangong-2 space lab and refueling it in addition to carrying out experiments and tests.

The Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket is scheduled to arrive at the launch center in March, the CMSA said.

The launch of Tianzhou-1 will be a crucial step for China in building a space station by 2020, as cargo spacecraft are required to ship necessities to astronauts aboard the station.

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