Tests to start on launch of space stationtart preparatory tests

7 Mar

Tests to start on launch of space stationtart preparatory tests

hina will start preparatory tests for its manned space station mission in the

second half of this year, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

The agency said in a statement on Monday that the core module of the space station, as w

ell as a Long March 5B carrier rocket and payloads to be carried by the rocket’s maiden flight, will be tr

ansported to the Wenchang Space Launch Site in the island province of Hainan to conduct tests.

After those drills, the Long March 5B rocket will launch from the Wenchang s

ite for the first time when appropriate, the agency said, without giving an exact date.

Sources close to China’s manned space program said that after the maiden flight, Long March 5B rockets will be tasked w

th lifting parts of the nation’s first manned station into space, where those parts will be assembled by astronauts.

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