New Space Station

OODA Analyst 2021-04-29. 29 Apr 2021 OODA Analyst. China has launched a module of its new permanent space station, marking the latest move in Beijing’s increasingly ambitious solo space program. The module contains living quarters for crew members and was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center utilizing a Long March 5B rocket. NASA has laid out plans for their future utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) over the next decade, including upgrades scheduled to be conducted on the outpost in the near term, its. A space station, also known as an orbital station or an orbital space station, is a spacecraft capable of supporting a human crew in orbit for an extended period of time, and is therefore a type of space habitat.It lacks major propulsion or landing systems. Stations must have docking ports to allow other spacecraft to dock to transfer crew and supplies. Then called the Von Braun Station, this futuristic concept - comprised of 24 modules connected by elevator shafts that make up a rotating wheel orbiting the Earth - was scheduled to be fully. The Chinese space station will have a total interior space of 110 cubic meters (about 3885 cubic feet). By comparison, the ISS, assembled by the U.S., Russia and the European Union had 916 cubic meters (about 32348 cubic feet) of interior space.

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May 6, 2021: China’s new space station is just getting started, but it’s already putting on a good show. “I’ve seen it twice this week,” reports Mark A. Brown of Marion, Iowa. “The space station’s Tianhe-1 module has been making brilliant passes across Middle America.” Here it is rivaling the star Vega on May 4th:

“In the photo, I also caught the tumbling Long March 5B booster, which helped loft the module into orbit,” says Brown. “The booster flares brilliantly (visual magnitude -1) in reflected sunlight as it tumbles along Tianhe-1’s path. Both objects are easily seen with the naked eye.”

China launched the Tianhe-1 module on April 29th. It is the first of three modules that will eventually join to create the Chinese Space Station (CSS). When the CSS is finished, it will be about as big as Russia’s old Mir space station, roughly a quarter of the mass of the ISS. Three astronauts will live onboard.

On May 5th, Tianhe-1 flew over Manorville, New York, where Philip Smith photographed it through a 14-inch telescope:

“I was lucky to get this image,” says Smith. “The module was already 56 degrees above the horizon when it popped out of Earth’s shadow–so I didn’t have much time. Less than a minute later it was at its maximum altitude of 76 degrees, and that’s when I caught it.”

Readers, you can see the new space station with your own eyes. Visit Heavens-Above.com and select flyby predictions for Tianhe-1. Many towns and cities in the USA have a good view this week. Pro tip: Go outside at least 10 minutes early; you might see the tumbling booster rocket, too.

EXTRA: The Long March 5B booster rocket is out of control. Forecasters expect it to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere on May 8th or 9th, with pieces landing … no one knows where. There is a 70% chance of an ocean splashdown, and experts say human injuries are unlikely.

On April 28, China launched the first module of the Chinese Space Station (CSS) into the cosmos. Dubbed Tianhe or “Harmony of the Heavens,” the 16.6-meter-long spacecraft is the first of three modules that will eventually form a T-shaped space station by the end of 2022, reports Mike Wall for Space.com.

In September 2011, China first launched a mini prototype space lab, Tiangong 1, to test spaceflight and technologies needed to support a larger space station in Earth’s orbit, Space.com reports. In 2016, the second lab Tiangong 2, was launched as well, but neither remains in orbit. However, Tiangong 1 and Tiangong 2 were essential blueprints in approving Tianhe for lift-off along with the Shenzhou missions, reports Ling Xin for Scientific American.

Now that Tianhe is in orbit, China plans ten more launches of other space modules as well as crewed and cargo missions to complete the CSS’s construction. When the T-shaped space station is fully assembled and running, it will consist of three major modules. Tianhe, the first main module, and two 14.4-meter-long modules named, Wentian or “Quest for the Heavens” and Mengtian or, “Dreaming of the Heavens” will attach permanently to Tianhe, Scientific American reports. Tianhe will serve as the CSS’s central management and control center with enough space to accommodate three astronauts for half a year. Tianhe also has five dock ports that can be used for future expansion, reports Scientific American.

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Designed to operate for more than a decade, the CSS will have 14 refrigerator-sized experiment racks and 50 external docking points designed for experiments outside the station to test how materials react in space, reports Space.com. At only 20 percent of the International Space Station's (ISS) size, the CSS is outfitted for various research endeavors, with about 100 experiments and missions already planned, Scientific American reports.

In total, six international and collaborative experiments have been approved to take place aboard the CSS. One project, for example, focuses on the effects of microgravity on tumors, with a specific focus on whether microgravity can stop or slow the growth of cancer cells, reports Scientific American. Other will observe phase changes of liquids and gases in microgravity to improve cooling technology in space—or even in laptops here on Earth. The collaborative research effort includes scientists in Norway, the Netherlands, France, and Belgium, reports Katie Hunt for CNN. However, while the CSS is calling for international collaboration, the United States currently prohibits NASA from collaborating with China on space-related activates, reports Space.com.

In 2022, the CSS will join the ISS as the only fully operational space stations currently in orbit. For two decades, ISS has been a symbol of space collaboration between various countries, with close involvement from the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and European countries, reports CNN. However, as the ISS continues to age, multiple countries have already decided to build their own space stations. Russia, for example, announced plans to leave the ISS in 2025 and launch their space station into orbit by 2030. The plan awaits approval from President Vladimir Putin, reports Reuters.

While the ISS may play a key role in NASA’s plans to focus on Moon landing missions and Missions to Mars, NASA wants to commercialize the ISS to cover the $1.1 billion annual operation costs, CNN reports. Currently, the ISS is approved to operate through 2024, reported Meghan Bartels for Space.com last year.

China New Space Station

'While ISS is currently approved to operate through at least December 2024 by the international partner governments, from a technical standpoint, we have cleared ISS to fly until the end of 2028,' NASA officials wrote in a statement to Space.com. 'Additionally, our analysis has not identified any issues that would preclude us from extending beyond 2028 if needed.'