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August 27 – September 2, 2018 / Vol 37, No 35 / Hawai`i Island, USA

24 Aug 2018, 20:17 UTC
August 27 – September 2, 2018 / Vol 37, No 35 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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China Space Station UNOOSA-CMSA Initiative Promotes International Cooperation for 2020 Missions

China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) intends to loft China Space Station (CSS) in an ambitious research and exploration program. The 2,000-kg core module, named Tianhe-1, is scheduled to launch 2020 from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center and orbit ~450 km above Earth. CSS completion is scheduled in 2022. In addition to its core, CSS will have 2 experimental cabins, named Wentian “quest for the heavens” and Mengtian “dreaming of the heavens”, in a T-configuration. China anticipates CSS to accommodate up to 6 Astronauts at a time. An official announcement came from United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to notify and invite UN countries, particularly developing countries, and public and private organizations to submit applications by August 31 to participate in CSS. Applicants will submit proposals to create and develop their own external and internal payloads, or utilize China developed experiments. After the submission window, UN and China will conduct joint evaluations of projects received. This UNOOSA-CMSA initiative aims to promote international cooperation in human space flight, exploration, application, science, technology and awareness. UNOOSA Director (L) Simonetta Di Pippo states, “It is important to foster collaboration and cooperation in ...

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