China’s first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting space

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Reuters reported that China’s first automated cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the country’s Tiangong-2 space station on Saturday. The official Xinhua news agency reported, marking a major step toward Beijing’s goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.

The first Tianzhou mission was launched by rocket Long March 7 at China Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the 20th April 2017.

The Tiangong-2 space laboratory, or “Heavenly Palace 2”, was home to two astronauts for a month last October in China’s longest ever manned space mission.

The cargo spacecraft was reportedly that it can carry 6 tonnes of goods, 2 tonnes of fuel and can fly unmanned for three months.

President Xi Jinping has prioritised advancing China’s space program to strengthen national security. The U.S. Defense Department has highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities also

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