Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

 

A Chinese cargo craft has been rolled out to its launch pad, headed for linkup with the country’s Tianhe space station module now in Earth orbit.

The Tianzhou-2 cargo vessel sits atop a Long March-7 Y3 booster, one of the 11 missions planed by China to fully outfit the country’s space station by the end of 2022.

Launch of the cargo spacecraft is from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, Hainan Province, China, on May 20, according to one report.

Credit: CGTN

The 3-person Shenzhou-12 will be launched in June, followed by the Tianzhou-3 cargo vessel and Shenzhou-13 crewed spaceship in September and October respectively.

China lofted the Tianhe core module into Earth orbit on April 29, kick-starting a series of missions over the next two years, including two lab capsules of the space station, four cargo vessel flights and four crewed missions.

To view the rollout of the Long March-7 Y3 booster, go to this China Central Television (CCTV) video at:

https://youtu.be/w4fkEuD_TTU

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