China has submitted a reply of his first large space station, which plans to launch from 2022 and should become the only one in space after the planned withdrawal of the International Space Station (ISS).
Crowned by a mannequin dressed as an astronaut and decorated with red and yellow Chinese flags, the white ship is one of the great attractions of the aeronautical and aerospace fair in Zhuhai, in the south of the country.
the China Space Station (CSS), also called Tiangong ("Celeste Palace") will have three parts: a main module about 17 meters long (place of life and work) presented on Tuesday and two annexes (for scientific experiments).
This is the replica of the future Chinca space station was exhibited this Tuesday in Guangdong. (AFP)
Three astronauts will be able to live continuously in the new orbital station, with a total weight of at least 60 tons and equipped with solar panels. They can carry out investigations into science, biology and microgravity.
The assembly of the CSS should start "around 2022". Your life expectancy is estimated at ten years.
The Chinese station should therefore become the only station that flies into space after the planned withdrawal in 2024 of the International Space Station (ISS), which connects the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. It will, however, be much smaller.
"China will use its space station in the same way its ISS partners are currently using their own: research, development technologies and preparation of Chinese crews for long-haul flights," explains GoTaikonauts analyst Chen Lan. .com, a website specialized in the Chinese space program.