space travel

 

China launches space lab on road to independent space station


PUBLISHED Thu, September 15, 2016 - 11:47am EDT


China has successfully launched the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, embarking on the second step of China's plan to create an independent space station, officials say. A manned mission is scheduled for next month. (more)





The space lab, carried on the back of a Long March-2F rocket, blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert just after 10 p.m. local time on Thursday. It entered orbit a short time later without any sign of trouble.

Tiangong-2, which means "Heavenly Palace 2", is China's second step towards an independent space station. It is capable of receiving both manned and unmanned spacecraft, but the main purpose of the space lab is to test its systems and processes for mid-term space stays and refueling.

Tiangong-2 will first undergo several weeks of testing before a two-person crew heads for the space lab, and the duo is expected to stay on board for about a month. In addition to testing the lab's systems, the astronauts will also carry out a number of scientific experiments.

The space lab replaces the Tiangong-1 space station prototype, which launched in September 2011 but retired from service earlier this year. China hopes to launch the core module for its permanent space station in 2018, followed by the first laboratory module in 2020 and the second one in 2022.

Tiangong-2 has the capacity to support a crew of two for 30 days, but the permanent station will be equipped to support three astronauts - or taikonauts as they are called in China - for about 40 days.

China is banned from using the International Space Station (ISS) as a result of opposition from the United States, and the exclusion was set in stone in 2011 when the U.S. Congress passed a law that bans scientific collaboration with China over alleged espionage risks.





  China        16 UPDATES

 



LEAVE COMMENTS



.
More Updates



 5 months   WATCH LIVE: Soyuz spacecraft launches to the International Space Station

              UPDATE: This live event has ended.

A Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft carrying 3 astronauts from the United States and Russia will launch at 5:17 p.m. ET from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Expedition 53 crew - which consists of Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Russia's Roscosmos - will head for the International Space Station, where the capsule will remain for about 6 months to provide an escape pod for the station's residents.


  Kazakhstan        16 UPDATES

 


EVENT

 6 months   WATCH LIVE: SpaceX launch and landing attempt

              A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to take off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:31 p.m. ET. The spacecraft will deliver critical cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. After the launch, the rocket's first-stage will attempt to land at SpaceX's Landing Zone 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


  Merritt Island, FL        16 UPDATES

 


URGENT
 1 yr   Chinese astronauts embark on nation’s longest space mission

              China has launched a manned spacecraft from the Gobi desert, marking the start of the country's longest-ever space mission to test a space laboratory that was recently launched. It is part of China's plan to create its own space station. Read More


  China        16 UPDATES

 



 1 yr   SpaceX investigating possible sabotage of Falcon 9 rocket

              SpaceX is no stranger to exploding rockets. Just last month, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad during a pre-flight test. The cause of the explosion isn't clear yet, but there's a bizarre twist in the investigation. It sounds like something out of a movie, but SpaceX has some questions about a building near the launchpad owned by competitor United Launch Alliance. Several sources who spoke with The Post say that SpaceX investigators have images of the ULA building during the incident which show an odd shadow and white spot on the roof. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has called the launchpad explosion "the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years."


  Florida        16 UPDATES

 



 1 yr   Explosion rocks Space X launch site at Cape Canaveral; no injuries reported

              An explosion rocked the launch site for Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday and black smoke could be seen rising into the air from the facility. No injuries were reported following the blast, officials say. The area had already been cleared ahead of pre-launch test. Video: James Valles reporting (BNO News)


  Cape Canaveral, FL        16 UPDATES

 


 


Happening Now

4 people found dead at home in Ryerson, Ontario

Vehicle strikes security barrier near the White House

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens indicted for invasion of privacy

Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce to resign over misconduct allegation

Florida Amber Alert: Juliet Odierna abducted from Cape Coral





BNO NEWS RADIO


Listen to "BNO News - Breaking News Radio" on Spreaker.




SIGN-UP - BREAKING NEWS ALERTS



Just want the important news? Sign up now for the fastest email alerts from BNO News. Click here to get started!




LIVE WIRE


4 people found dead at home in Ryerson, Ontario

Florida Amber Alert: Juliet Odierna abducted from Cape Coral

Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School on lockdown

Mary Rose Keadjuk: Missing woman found dead after 27 years

Suicide bomber attacks U.S. embassy in Montenegro





VIDEOS


Trump blocks release of Democratic memo on Russia probe

Strong earthquake hits northeast Taiwan, killing at least 2

British court upholds arrest warrant against Julian Assange

‘Glee’ star Mark Salling found dead in apparent suicide

Canadian billionaire and wife were murdered, police say