China makes key breakthroughs in space station development
by admin | Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Animation on China’s Tiangong space station | REUTERS
China has made key technological breakthroughs in developing its Tiangong Space Station, as announced at the 5th Manned Space Conference, which opened on Tuesday in Xi’an, the capital city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.
The Tianhe core capsule of the space station will exhibit in full size at the upcoming 12th Zhuhai Airshow which runs from Nov 6-11.
The China-developed space station consists of a core capsule and two experiment modules. It can hold three astronauts and a maximum of six during change of the crew members.
China has long been making preparations for constructing and launching the space station. For example, it will launch the Long March-5B carrier rocket into space in 2019 to help carry the core module and experiment modules to the space station.
“Currently, we are making steady progress in the space station research and construction. Key technological breakthroughs have been made in producing the three modules including the core capsule and the Long March-5B carrier rocket. Selection of the third batch of reserve astronauts is also underway as scheduled,” said Hao Chun, director of China Manned Space Engineering Office.
The space station will enable experiments in multiple areas, including space science, biological technologies, and microgravity fundamental physics and materials sciences in space.
“We will complete on-orbit construction of the space station around 2022 as planned. It will be a national orbital space lab in the long run after being completed,” Hao said. — Reuters
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte will explain his decision on allowing Chinese fishermen to fish in the Philippine waters during his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.
The chief executive said he will explain why his decision was not unconstitutional.
“Maybe during SONA, I will educate people. By any stretch of imagination, hindi unconstitutional iyong ginawa ko (what I did was not unconstitutional). As a matter of fact, it was in keeping with the law,” he said.
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