China has announced that it wants to prepare for the country’s next space station as part of its space program. The country plans to launch a launch for it in April. Authorities and scientists are continuing their work for the plan, which has not yet been fully clarified.
According to a statement by state media source Xinhua, it is said that China will launch the “trial version” of the new spacecraft, designed to carry up to six crew members. Previous Chinese spaceships could carry 3 people.
The target, set in April, is said to be almost finalized by Chinese officials for space station construction. China plans to finish the space station by 2022 after construction and orbital assembly. It is also reported that the station will be built in the form of a core module called Tianhe at the center and a T with a laboratory capsule on both sides.
Clean water will be obtained from the urine to be purified
China also announced that the station will offer 5,600 cubic meters of living space across three modules. This area is a little more than a third of the area at the International Space Station, where spaceships are located.
Xinhua said that unlike previous Chinese space stations launched from Earth and needing water, the water in the new space station will be recovered from the water vapor that astronauts breathe and the recycled and purified urine. According to the source, this space station will carry machines that can produce additional oxygen.
The Chinese space complex has also announced that it will conduct studies for science experiments in more than a dozen experiments, such as astronomy, basic physics, and life science. It is also planned to make observations by placing an optical telescope on a capsule flying in the same orbit.
Tiangong-1, which is the first division of China’s first space station, was launched in 2011 and completed its mission by burning in the Earth’s atmosphere seven years later. This tool was crucial to help China master the technologies and procedures required to build larger stations.
The successor of the vehicle, Tiangong-2, was launched in 2016 to support long-term missions. China’s latest crew launch happened in October 2016. This new station launch, which is planned to coincide with April 2020, is highly anticipated in scientific circles.