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.

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