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China launched its first space truck

Китай запустил первый космический грузовикOn Board the truck were more than five tons of cargo.

China Thursday, April 20, launched the first cargo spacecraft “celestial ship-1” (“Tanjou-1”). The live broadcast was conducted on YouTube.

The launch of the carrier rocket “long March 7” (“Changzheng-7”) with the spacecraft occurred at 19:41 local time (14:41 MSK) from the spaceport Wenchang in Hainan province. On Board the truck were more than five tons of cargo, including fuel and other supplies to the space laboratory “heavenly Palace — 2” (“the Tiangong-2”).

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Laboratory “heavenly Palace 2” became the model for validation of life-support technologies for future multi-module Chinese space station. The main tasks of the laboratory are the reception manned and cargo space vehicles, and testing medium-term finding of astronauts in orbit, refueling, and conducting a number of scientific and applied experiments.

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