Big step from China: the first module of the giant space station Tiangong 3 launched

The main module of Tiangong-3, which China prepared as a rival to the International Space Station, was launched into space today. Tiangong 3 will host Taykonot for the first time next June.

China, which has become the new star of space exploration, has left another very important milestone today. Tianhe (Harmony of the Heaven), the first and largest module of the giant space station Tiangong 3 (Sky Palace 3), on which Chinese researchers have been working for many years, has been launched into orbit today. Chinese taikonotes will start visiting the space station very soon.

The Tianhe module, launched with the Long March 5B, China’s most powerful rocket, has a length of about 18 meters. Tianhe alone has the capacity to host three astronauts. However, China plans to install two additional modules in Tianhe in the upcoming period. China said that both of these modules will be launched into space in 2022. Thus, the construction of Tiangong 3 will be completed by next year.

Below you can see the representative image of the main module and two experimental modules of Tiangong 3, which has a modular design. China aims to install extra modules such as a space telescope on Tiangong 3 in the coming years. On this side, there are plans for a telescope 300 times more powerful than Hubble, for example.

China aims to organize an unmanned mission to the Tianhe module first, next May. Afterwards, it was stated that three taikonot will be launched to Tianhe in June . 

Since China was   not involved in the International Space Station (ISS) project, it had not been very active in manned space missions for a very long time  . In this sense, Tiangong 3 will have a very important place in China’s history of space exploration. China has also said that they are ready to make an international partnership for Tiangong 3 and that other countries can send astronauts to the space station if the necessary agreements are made. In this sense  , there is also the goal of creating a competitor to ISS .

A substantial majority of the technologies used in Tiangong 3 were previously   tested on Tiangong-1  and  Tiangong-2 mini-stations. Tiangong-1, launched in 2011, in 2018; Tiangong-2, launched in 2016, fell to Earth in 2019. Two mini-stations hosted a total of 5 taikonos.

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