China has today launched a cargo spacecraft for its station under construction, the country’s space agency said.
The Chinese Space Agency (CMSA) said in a statement that the Long March 7 Y4 rocket was carrying the Tianzhou-3 spacecraft in space from the Wenchang launch site in southern China’s Hainan province.
The spacecraft carrying supplies, equipment and propellers was launched around 3:10 p.m.
“About 597 seconds later, the spacecraft and rocket successfully split and entered the planned orbit. “The ship’s solar panels were installed smoothly and functioned normally while the launch was a complete success,” said CMSA.
This was the 20th mission of launching the China-led space project and the 389th flight of the locally built Long March carrier rocket series, the statement said.
Today’s mission will prepare the Tianhe base module of China’s Tiangong space station for the next October launch of three astronauts, known as taikonauts, under the Shenzhou-13 mission.
The mission set for next month is expected to last six months.
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