China to transmit a 3 crew to Tianhe Space Station (Heavenly Harmony) in June
A crew of 3 astronauts will blast off in June for a three-month assignment on China’s new space station, according to a space official who was the country’s foremost astronaut in orbit.
The plans for the station’s initial crew gave confirmation to the state television by Yang Liwei. Yang is the manned space program’s deputy chief designer. As an automatic spacecraft, the release includes fuel and supplies for the Tianhe station.
Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony, is the 3rd and main space station which is a release by China’s progressively determined space program. Its core module made a launch into orbit on April 29.
The Shenzhou 12 capsule carries the crew and will be released from the Jiuquan base in China’s northwest next month, says Yang. Yang mentions in comments on the broadcast Saturday by China Central Television.
They will exercise spacewalks and conduct repairs and maintenance as well as scientific missions.
Yang, who orbited Earth in 2003, shares no details of the astronauts’ identities or a flight date. He also mentions that the crew will come from the program’s two latest groups of cosmonauts.
On asking if women would be in the crew, Yang says, “on Shenzhou 12 we do not have them, however, operations after that all will comprise women.”
The Tianzhou-2 spacecraft that lands with Tianhe on Sunday carries 6.8 tons of cargo which consist of –
- Food and equipment for the astronauts
- Fuel for the station
The space firm intends a total of 11 releases through the end of next year in order to offer two more modules for the 70-ton station, provisions, and the crew.
Beijing does not participate in the International Space Station, mainly due to US objections. Washington is wary of the Chinese program’s confidentiality and its military networks.
China has sent 11 cosmonauts, counting two women, into space start with Yang’s flight in October 2003. The first female cosmonaut was Liu Yang in 2012.
All of China’s cosmonauts to date have been pilots from the ruling Communist Party’s military extension, the People’s Liberation Army.
Cosmonauts on the Tianhe will exercise making spacewalks with two people outside the hull at one time, as per Yang. The establishment of China’s primary spacewalk is in 2008 by Zhai Zhigang on the external of the Shenzhou 7 capsule.