China Unveils Earth's Next Orbiting Space Station -"The Heavenly Palace"

China Unveils Earth's Next Orbiting Space Station -

"There is no doubt that China will use its station in a similar way as the ISS partners are using their outpost: research, technology and as a stepping-stone for deep-space exploration", said Chen Lan, analyst at, a website specialized in the Chinese space program. The name of the space station translates as "heavenly Palace".

In may past year, NASA astronauts launched to the ISS experimental inflatable module beam intended for the accommodation of the members of the station crew.

China's "Heavenly Palace" Space Station, which boasts a 17-meter-wide core module, besides the other compartments of the station, wants to replace the International Space Station when it is gone.

According to the Associated Press, the new space station will allow astronauts to conduct modern scientific researches in the field of biology and microgravity.

The european space agency (ESA) sends already astronauts training in China, with the goal that they are flying a day aboard the station in chinese. The station, whose construction will be completed in 2022, will be open to astronauts of all countries.

Right now, it's the only operational space station in orbit - but that's about to change.

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"I'm sure over time China will be successful developing partnerships", said Bill Ostrove, space analyst with US-based Forecast International consultancy. "The possibility for them (thanks to China) to send payloads on a platform of manned flight and conducting experiments is something that's extremely valuable", he observes.

"A lot of countries and a growing number of private companies, and universities have space programs, but no money to build their own space station".

The computer glitch was the latest in a string of technical failures involving Russian space hardware. The moon will also travel to the Japanese space ship.

Chinese authorities denied that the lab - which was placed in orbit in September 2011 as a testing ground for the permanent station - was out of control. "It will therefore be hard for one or two countries or companies to dominate the sector in the same way that the United States were during the cold War", the judge said it.

The second iteration, Tiangong-2, is still a work in progress.

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