China News Service, Beijing, March 4 (Guo Chaokai, Xiao Jianjun) According to the China Manned Space Engineering Office on the 4th, China's manned space project has been fully transferred to the orbit construction mission stage of the space station.
This year, many missions such as launching the core module of the space station, cargo supply, and manned flights will be implemented one after another.
The construction of a space station to solve the problem of large-scale, long-term manned space applications is the third-step mission goal in the "three-step" development strategy of China's manned space project.
In May 2020, the first flight of the Long March 5B carrier rocket was a complete success, achieving the first victory of the space station stage flight mission and kicking off the "third step" mission of China's manned space project.
According to the mission arrangement, a series of missions will be implemented in the future, and the space station will be completed in orbit around 2022, and a national space laboratory will be built in orbit stably.
At present, the space station's Tianhe core module and the Long March 5B Yao-2 carrier rocket, which is responsible for the launch mission, have arrived at the Wenchang Space Launch Site and are scheduled to be launched in the first half of this year.
The crew of astronauts to perform the 4 manned flights during the construction phase of the space station has been selected and is undergoing mission training.
The China Manned Space Engineering Office stated that China has always adhered to the principles of peaceful use, equality, mutual benefit, and common development, and is committed to building the China Space Station into an open platform for scientific and technological cooperation and exchanges facing the international community.
The selection of the first batch of space science experiments conducted by China and the United Nations on the application of the Chinese space station has been completed, and the specific implementation of the project is being promoted.
While implementing the space station’s orbit construction task, China is also carrying out research on key technologies for manned lunar exploration and deepening the demonstration of the program.