08 July 2018
China is accelerating its timetable for a space station, with the core capsule expected to be launched in 2020, says Yang Liwei, Director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office and the country's first astronaut. Yang told Chinese media recently that the two experiment modules of the space station will be sent into space in 2021 and 2022. Three or four manned missions and several cargo spacecraft are planned in 2021 and 2022. After construction of the main parts of the space station, a capsule holding a large optical telescope will be sent into the same orbit to fly with the station, Yang said.
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