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12.11.2022

China's cargo craft Tianzhou-5 ready for launch

China's cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-5, is ready for launch, according to the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, under the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in China's southern island province of Hainan.

The launch of Tianzhou-5 will be the 200th launch mission for the Xichang Satellite Launch Center this year, as well as the last one for the Wenchang launch site this year.

The site has conducted the final preparation and rehearsal for the launch, which covered all systems involved, including fueling up the cargo craft and transferring the spacecraft-rocket combination to the launching area.

All systems are in good condition, and the launch site is preparing to fuel up the rocket as scheduled.

Zhong Wen'an, chief engineer at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, said they had completed the most extensive rehearsal before launch, which is also the final joint rehearsal.

"The equipment and facilities are in good condition, and the weather forecast on the launch day meets the requirements," Zhong said.

The combination of the Tianzhou-5 and a Long March-7 Y6 carrier rocket was transferred to the launching area on Wednesday.

China launched the space lab module Mengtian on Oct. 31, taking the construction of the country's space station Tiangong into the final stage.

The country will carry out three more missions -- the launch of the Tianzhou-5 cargo craft and the Shenzhou-15 crewed spaceship, as well as bringing the Shenzhou-14 crew back to Earth -- before it completes the in-orbit construction of the space station by the end of this year.

Quelle: Xinhua

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Quelle: CGTN

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Update: 17.11.2022

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Shenzhou-14 taikonauts complete 5.5-hour spacewalk

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This screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov. 17, 2022 shows China's Shenzhou-14 taikonaut Cai Xuzhe having exited the space station lab module Wentian. The Shenzhou-14 crew on board the orbiting Chinese Tiangong space station completed their third spacewalk at 4:50 p.m. (Beijing Time) on Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

Chen Dong and Cai Xuzhe -- together with Liu Yang who worked inside the core module to support her crewmates -- collaborated to pull off all set tasks. Chen and Cai have since safely returned to the Wentian lab. (Photo by Sun Fengxiao/Xinhua)

BEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Shenzhou-14 crew on board the orbiting Chinese Tiangong space station completed their third spacewalk at 4:50 p.m. (Beijing Time) on Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

Chen Dong and Cai Xuzhe -- together with Liu Yang who worked inside the core module to support her crewmates -- collaborated to pull off all set tasks. Chen and Cai have since safely returned to the Wentian lab.

During the extravehicular activities (EVAs) lasting about five-and-half hours, they installed an out-of-cabin "bridge" that links the core module with the Wentian lab and the Mengtian lab, while Cai completed the first cross-module spacewalk through the bridge.

They also unlocked Wentian's Panoramic Camera A and mounted assistance handles for the small mechanical arm.

These were the first EVAs conducted after the formation of the space station's basic T-shape configuration.

The spacewalk examined, for the first time, the collaborative capability of astronauts and mechanical arms, and also further verified the performance of Wentian's airlock cabin and supporting facilities in conducting EVAs. ■

This screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov. 17, 2022 shows China's Shenzhou-14 taikonaut Chen Dong returning to space station lab module Wentian after finishing extravehicular activities. The Shenzhou-14 crew on board the orbiting Chinese Tiangong space station completed their third spacewalk at 4:50 p.m. (Beijing Time) on Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

Chen Dong and Cai Xuzhe -- together with Liu Yang who worked inside the core module to support her crewmates -- collaborated to pull off all set tasks. Chen and Cai have since safely returned to the Wentian lab. (Photo by Sun Fengxiao/Xinhua)

This screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov. 17, 2022 shows China's Shenzhou-14 taikonaut Cai Xuzhe returning to space station lab module Wentian after finishing extravehicular activities. The Shenzhou-14 crew on board the orbiting Chinese Tiangong space station completed their third spacewalk at 4:50 p.m. (Beijing Time) on Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

Chen Dong and Cai Xuzhe -- together with Liu Yang who worked inside the core module to support her crewmates -- collaborated to pull off all set tasks. Chen and Cai have since safely returned to the Wentian lab. (Photo by Sun Fengxiao/Xinhua)

This screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov. 17, 2022 shows China's Shenzhou-14 taikonaut Chen Dong (L) closing the hatch of space station lab module Wentian's airlock cabin after finishing extravehicular activities. The Shenzhou-14 crew on board the orbiting Chinese Tiangong space station completed their third spacewalk at 4:50 p.m. (Beijing Time) on Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

Chen Dong and Cai Xuzhe -- together with Liu Yang who worked inside the core module to support her crewmates -- collaborated to pull off all set tasks. Chen and Cai have since safely returned to the Wentian lab. (Photo by Sun Fengxiao/Xinhua)

Quelle: Xinhua

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Update: 24.11.2022

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China rolls out rocket to launch new crew to newly-completed space station

 

 

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