25 December 2020
All testing of the core module for the Chinese Space Station CSS has been completed and testing of the CZ-5B launcher is in its final phase.
Once the core module is in orbit, the Tianzhou 2 cargo spacecraft and Shenzhou 12 manned spacecraft will be launched. The Shenzhou 12 crew will stay in space for several months before Tianzhou 3 will launch and the Shenzhou 13 will send the 2nd space station crew. "During this period, we will carry out comprehensive verification of the new technologies of the space station, including astronauts' spacewalk, robotic arms and energy technologies," Zhou Jianping, Chief Designer of China's manned space project said.