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China has launched an experimental Shiyan 20C satellite into orbit and is preparing to launch Mengtian, the last module of the Tiangong National Orbital Station

China successfully launched the Shiyan 20C experimental satellite on Saturday. This was reported by the Central Television of the People’s Republic of China.

Shiyan 20C launch

The launch took place at 09:01 local time (04:01 Moscow time) from the Jiuquan Cosmodrome (Gansu Province) using a Long March 2D (CZ-2D) launch vehicle. The research satellite entered the specified orbit, the launch was considered successful. The report notes that the device will be mainly used to test new technologies in orbit.

And in the very near future, China will launch the Mengtian laboratory module to the national orbital station. As indicated in the message of the Cailian news agency, on October 29, specialists from the Wenchang cosmodrome (southern Chinese province of Hainan) conducted the last pre-launch tests of both the launch vehicle and the Mengtian itself.

Mengtian is the second laboratory module of the Chinese orbital station. It will be used primarily for research in microgravity, but also for experiments in fluid physics, materials science, combustion science, and fundamental physics. The Wentian laboratory module, which is mainly intended for biological research, was launched on July 24 this year.

China has launched an experimental Shiyan 20C satellite into orbit and is preparing to launch Mengtian, the last module of the Tiangong National Orbital Station
Structure “Mengtian”

It is expected that the launch of the Mengtian module will take place before the end of October, after which the construction of the station will be completed, it will take a T-shape. The launch of the module will be carried out from the Wenchang cosmodrome using a Long March-5B (CZ-5B) launch vehicle.

The Chinese station is located at an altitude of about 400 km. It is designed for three people (for a short time with a crew change – up to six) and will last more than 10 years. At the moment, there is a crew of three manned spacecraft Shenzhou-14, which arrived at the station in early June and is expected to stay there until the end of December.

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