(ORDO NEWS) — Yesterday, July 18, the Long March-5B (CZ-5B/Y3) heavy launch vehicle with the Wentian laboratory module was delivered to the 101st launch complex. The launch of the new module for China‘s Tiangong space station is scheduled for July 24.
The laboratory module “Wentian” will become a new element of the Chinese orbital station “Tiangong”, which will significantly increase the capabilities of the complex. Its length is 17.9 meters, diameter – 4.2 meters, weight – about 20 tons.
“Wentian” duplicates the control functions of the main module of the station. It is equipped with an airlock and a robotic arm. After joining the complex, it is “Wentian” that will take over the functions of the main air lock of the station.
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