Chinese officials said they are planning four crewed missions over the course of five years as assembly of the country's first permanent space station begins in 2019.
The Tianzhou-1 spacecraft successfully transferred propellant to the Tiangong-2 module this week.
It's the first in a new line of spacecraft designed to eventually support a Chinese space station.
The spacecraft, also known as ChinaSat-16, will test Ka-band communications and other spacecraft technologies.
China is pushing forward on a number of space fronts, including milestone-making robotic missions to the moon, as well as scoping out an automated Mars sample--return mission by 2030.
A leading official in China’s lunar and Mars exploration program was reportedly denied a visa by the United States to attend a scientific conference here this week.
The Long March 7 rocket that will launch the Tianzhou-1 spacecraft arrived last week at the Wenchang launch site for a launch planned for the latter half of April.
Two Chinese remote sensing satellites placed into a low orbit after an apparent problem with their launch vehicle are gradually raising their orbits and may still be able to carry out their missions.
A Chinese commercial launch-service provider created earlier this year to bid for small-satellite business worldwide expects to launch an average 10 of its Kuaizhou solid-fueled rockets per year between 2017 and 2020, the company said Nov. 29.
Poland’s deputy prime minister and science minister Jarosław Gowin recently paid an official visit to China during which he discussed joint space plans by Warsaw and Beijing. Gowin said the two countries will jointly build a satellite, equipped with Polish instruments, that is to be launched in 2018.
China Great Wall Industry Corp.’s win of a contract for a high-throughput Ka-band broadband satellite for Thailand’s Thaicom is a breakthrough deal for China’s satellite export industry, which up to now has relied on domestic demand and special-circumstances orders, mainly from emerging-market governments.
Shenzhou-11's two-person crew will remain at Tiangong-2 for a month on the longest Chinese human space mission to date