China's 1st Cargo Spacecraft Set For Launch

Added On April 20, 2017

China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 has been successfully transferred to its launch pad in Wenchang, southern China's Hainan Province.

A launch is now scheduled for between April 20 and 24.

The transfer of Tianzhou-1, and its Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket from the testing area to the launch zone took 2.5 hours.

Technicians have performed several tests during the assembling of the spacecraft and rocket since February.

In the following days, technicians will continue testing the spacecraft and rocket, and inject fuel before the launch.

Tianzhou-1 is China's first independently developed cargo ship. It is expected to dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab and conduct in-orbit refueling.

The cargo spacecraft will also carry out space experiments, including one on non-Newtonian gravitation, before falling back to earth.