Tiangong-1: China’s First Spacelab
- Tiangong-1 is the first space lab of China, scheduled to be launched in September 2011.
- It is prelude to a multiphase construction programme (Tiangong programme, or Project 921-2 ) aimed at building a large space station around 2020.
- The Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace-1) unmanned space lab prototype is scheduled to blast off shortly as a test-bed for experiments related to space rendezvous.
- Tiangong-1 is an eight-ton-class space lab prototype with a cylinder-shaped body and two docking ports on its ends.
Topics: Chinese space station • Docking and berthing of spacecraft • Outer space • Shenzhou 8 • Shenzhou program • Space program of the People's Republic of China • Space station • Spacecraft • Spaceflight • Tiangong program • Tiangong-1 • Tiangong-3
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