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China is set to announce selected experiments to be flown on the country’s space station.

In May 2018, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) published an “Announcement of Opportunity” inviting Member States to submit applications to conduct scientific experiments onboard China’s space outpost.

Prototype of the Tianhe core module. China’s space station is expected to be operational around 2022.
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By October, 42 applications from 27 countries had been submitted, with proposals extending across nine areas, including space medicine, space life science, and fundamental physics.

A preliminary selection of experiments was carried out, yielding a shortlist of 18 ideas.

Forward-looking initiative

Next week, on June 12, there will be a United Nations/China Joint Announcement Event on selected experiments, held at the Vienna International Center.

According to the UNOOSA, the forward-looking initiative is to open China’s space station “to all countries and create a new paradigm in building capabilities in space science and technology, in particular for developing countries.”

According to government plans, China will start piecing together the country’s multi-module space station around 2020. Named Tiangong, or Heavenly Palace, the complex will comprise three main parts: a core module attached to two space labs, combining for a weight of 66 metric tons.

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Station assembly

China’s space station build-up will first see use of a Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket to orbit the outpost’s core module. About four crewed spaceflights will then be made sending astronauts to assemble the station.

According to Chinese news reports, the space station is expected to be fully operational around 2022 and is to operate for at least 10 years.

Along with the station, a main section of an Optical Module System would be launched into orbit separately and flies along the same orbit as China’s space station. This system can support multi-color photometry, seamless spectrum survey and Earth observation with multi-function optical capabilities. If necessary, it can dock with the station for refueling, equipment maintenance, payload equipment upgrade and other maintenance activities.

NOTE: The original United Nations/China Cooperation on Utilization of the China Space Station Application Form is available at:

To read the handbook — China Space Station and its Resources for International Cooperation – go to:

More information about the United Nations/China Cooperation on the Utilization of the Chinese space station can be found here:




One Response to “China Set to Announce Space Station Experiments”

  • MILOS KRMELJ says:

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