The Tianhe base module of the future Chinese orbital station was launched from the Wenchang cosmodrome in the southern province of Hainan using the Changzheng-5 heavy launch vehicle. The module entered the specified orbit.
The Chinese orbital station was named Tiangong (Heavenly Palace).
The base module has living space, instrument assembly, and docking compartments. The residential module includes a kitchen, a toilet, computers, and communication complexes with the command post, in addition, scientific and technological experiments will be carried out here.
The main module of the station is 16.6 meters long and with a maximum diameter of 4.2 meters. It is the largest spacecraft manufactured in China.
To complete construction, 11 more launches are needed and a little over a year. It is assumed that in June a manned ship with three taikonauts on board will fly to the station to assemble and connect the delivered equipment. It is planned to complete the assembly of the station in orbit in 2022.