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Chinese cosmonauts prepare for spacewalk

11.08.2022 ТАСС 59 просмотров

Taikonauts at the PRC orbital station tested a mechanical arm before going into space.

Chinese cosmonauts have tested one of the mechanical manipulator arms equipped with the PRC orbital station, and will soon go into outer space to carry out planned work. This was reported on Wednesday by China Central Television.

According to him, the Taikonauts feel well and are preparing to fulfill the tasks assigned to them. The station itself, as specified, is functioning normally.

The mechanical arm of the research module "Wentian", launched into orbit on July 24, can work with loads weighing up to 3 tons. The manipulator allows you to perform more detailed and complex operations than its counterpart on the Tianhe base unit, which is capable of moving up to 25 tons.

It is expected that in October China will send the Mengtian scientific module into orbit, which will be used mainly for microgravity materials science and hydrophysical projects.

The Chinese station is located at an altitude of about 400 km and will serve for more than ten years. It is designed for three people (up to six for a short time when the crew changes). The mass of the T-shaped complex, which has three docking nodes and a gateway for entering space, is 66 tons, the volume of compartments reaches 110 cubic meters. It is expected that the station will operate normally by the end of 2022 and, as promised by the Chinese authorities, will be available for international projects.

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