Three Space Modules set to Launch in 2018
The first three experimental modules for the planned China Space station is expected to be launched by 2018 along with two other sets that will be launched in 2020 and in 2022. These modules will help form a 60 ton space station. A spokesperson for the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a leading research expert in manned space stations said that they have set dates as their preliminary goals.
These dates might be changes due to several factors that might influence the launch date which is a common feature in international research. Since the International Space Station is set to retire in 2024 the Chinese space station will be the one station left in space. This will be a great opportunity for China to develop space science. While the Chinese lunar probe and deep space projects are being planned and will provide a historical breakthrough for the country’s lunar an planetary research. Chinese scientists are now devising plans on how to maximize the use for the space station to facilitate research.
Research are not solely focused on outer space, Earth observation will be playing a key ole especially in regards to environment and disaster monitoring and experiments ranging from conditions in microgravity, life sciences and fluid physics. These experiments are already conducted on the ground to make sure the modules are working efficiently.
The Chinese space station will be playing an important role after 202 an there are already requests from specialists from around the world with the research development.