China Takes Giant Step Toward Launching Its Space Station –“Will It Replace the ISS When Its Retired in 2024?”
The core of China’s space station module is scheduled to head out into space in 2018 which will be lifted by the most powerful Chinese rocket, the Long March 5.
This dock will be used by manned and cargo spacecraft to deliver supplies for astronauts who will reside in the station for over a year. The space station itself is designed to last up to 10 years in orbit, circling Earth 400 km above the surface.
Once in orbit, the 13-tonne cargo spacecraft will fly on its own for around three months and for another two months while docked with the smaller Tiangong-2 space lab.