Saturday, 17 November, 2018

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

A partial model of Chinese space station is seen on display at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai south China A partial model of Chinese space station is seen on display at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai south China
Sandy Nunez | 09 November, 2018, 01:50

The new station will technically belong to China, but will open its doors to all United Nations countries.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

However, China's future space station is about to change everything.

"This new footage showcases the story of human spaceflight in more vivid detail than ever before", said Dylan Mathis, communications manager for the International Space Station Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston said in a statement.

The 17-metre (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aerospace industry exhibition.

The station chinese space (CSS), also called Tiangong ("heavenly Palace") will consist of three parts: a main module along almost 17 metres (place of life and labour) presented to you on Tuesday, and two related modules (for scientific experiments). It is expected that construction will be completed around 2022.

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"There is no doubt that China will use its station in a similar way as the ISS partners are using their outpost: research, technology and as a stepping-stone for deep-space exploration", said Chen Lan, analyst at GoTaikonauts.com, a website specialized in the Chinese space program.

Institutes, universities, and public and private companies were invited to submit projects.

It has received 40 plans from 27 countries and regions, according to state media.

One of the three computers on the Russian side of the International Space Station has crashed, but orbital operations are unaffected because the two other systems are in working order, Russia's space agency reported today.

Alternatively the money could be used to speed up planned human space initiatives to the moon and Mars.

A second lab, the Tiangong-2, was launched into orbit in 2016.