Chang Zheng 5B set to launch Wentian Laboratory Module

China plans to launch the Wentian Laboratory Cabin Module this Sunday, July 24 at 06:17 UTC out of the Wenchang Space Launch Site in China. The module is one of two planned for launch this year to China’s Tiangong space station, with the second being the Mengtian module which is slated to launch in October. Both modules will launch on China’s most powerful rocket currently available, the Chang Zheng 5B (CZ-5B), and will target the low Earth orbit (LEO) of the Tiangong space station, which is in a 390 km altitude, 41.58° inclination orbit. Both will dock to the Tianhe core module of the station, which was launched in April 2021. The Module Wentian (“Quest for the Heavens”) is a laboratory cabin module (LCM), and one of the three major modules of the Chinese Space Station. It will not only provide science space for the station, but also additional navigation capabilities, avionics, propulsion, and orientation control. The module is 17.9 meters long with a diameter of 4.2 meters. It is about 22 tons in mass and contains pressurized space. It will host multiple scientific research facilities including a Life and Ecology Rack, a Biotechnology Rack, an Advanced Aerospace Technology Rack,…

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Chang Zheng 5B set to launch Wentian Laboratory Module

Updated: July 23, 2022 — 10:26 pm