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In today’s program, we will talk about ”Tianzhou-1”.
China has taken another step toward its goal of putting a space station into orbit around 2022, by sending its first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 into space on April 20.
Tianzhou-1 is the first cargo spacecraft independently developed by China, and it is also China’s largest and heaviest spacecraft until now.
Tianzhou-1 is 10.6 meters long and has a diameter of 3.35 meters. Its maximum takeoff weight is 13.5 metric tons, enabling it to carry up to 6.5 tons of supplies. Tianzhou-1 is called “space courier” for its freight-only function.
The Tianzhou-1 docked with the country's Tiangong II space laboratory on April 23, which was the first docking between cargo spacecraft independently developed and space laboratory in China.
The smooth implementation of space laboratory task marks that China is marching toward “The Era of Space Station”.
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