Tiangong-2 is in orbit!

China’s second space station (and the world’s eleventh) has just been placed into orbit!  It was boosted successfully by a CZ-2F-T2 rocket early this morning.  This will be the first Chinese station designed for resupply, although China still considers this all experimental work in preparation for a much larger station to come later.

A crewed flight will follow later, as will an unmanned flight by a robotic spacecraft comparable in mission to the Russian Progress (capable of both resupply and refueling).

There is a Vega launch expected shortly from Kourou, French Guiana; if all goes well, I will be able to post that video tomorrow night.  😉


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