With the successful docking of Shen 15 today, the Chinese Space Station has reached its largest configuration for the time being.
My attempt at a quick translation, in case anyone's curious. In Chinese, the word for heaven/upper realm (天) also means sky. In this case, both meanings are applicable.
天宫 Tiangong - Heavenly pce
神舟 Shen - Divine boat/craft
天和 Tianhe - Harmonious heaven
天舟 Tian - Heavenly boat/craft
梦天 Mengtian - Dreaming of heaven
问天 Wentian - Questioning heaven
I deduce "tian" means heaven then. Such genius I am.
Can we see it in the evening sky yet?
For the next week or so there’ll be for the first time six Taikonauts on board the CSS, until Shen 14 returns to earth.
The station consists of three permanent modules in a “T” structure (the Tianhe core module and the Wentian and Mengtian laboratories). In addition it now hosts three spacecraft (the Senh 14 and 15 crew capsules and the Tian 5 cargo craft).
The entire complex weighs ~100,000 kg and has a pressurized volume of 320 cubic meters. For reference, the ISS weighs ~445,000 kg and has a volume of 915 cubic meters.
Appreciate you quantifying this and congratulate them on the achievement! No, seriously: it doesn’t mean two things.
They don’t have a cupola. But there are windows in the slee quarters. I guess they can go to sleep watching the earth below them.
They've welded all the doors shut
Am I the only one that completely forgot china had a station
They post very little information and the information they put out is tightly controlled, so it's not all that interesting, but they have put out some interesting science demos for students.
I didn't forget, I never knew in the first place. Since when?
Genuinely surprised to read this on a space subreddit, it's literally one of two space stations atm
Basically the only reporting on it was that some of the rocket stages had uncontrolled reentries. The western media went out of their way not to give China a W on this.
I like the name Wentian. Basically means ‘ask heaven’, it sounds much more poetic in Chinese. Has connotations of seeking and divinity.
Mengtian means ‘dream (of) heaven’
Learning about this space station has helped me to build a better understanding and appreciation for Chinese language. What is elegant and poetic translated to English comes out awkward and odd. But the original form and understanding is supposedly quite beautiful
How do they handle waste heat? I seem to recall that ISS has a sy em of ammonia-filled radiators, but I don’t see anything like that in this diagram. Maybe I’m missing them?
The solar arrays pivot and retract as needed so they don't build up nearly as much waste.
Congratulations to Chinese engineers.
How big is it relative to the ISS?
Chinese space station: ~320m3
I knew it from the Gravity movie but didn't realize it was a real station
Yeah, why don't we hear more about this! Achievements in space are achievements for all humanity.
I'd like to be more optimistic about it, but making your own station instead of making it a collaborative effort doesn't really feel like a project that will collaborate progress with the rest of humanity either.
They already have a spare core module they can send up to expand the station any time they want.
That's not in the plans tho
Can this be seen with the naked eye like the ISS?
Honestly that’s awesome. Good for them
Is this currently being built?
It was being built in the last two years. With Shen 15 and the first in-orbit crew rotation it has entered the operational phase of permanent human occupation.
Meanwhile in China, they are welding doors shut to trap their citizens inside
Has china cmed space or the moon as their hinterland yet? Like how they like to do so in Asia
Not good for the USA..
China is taking the lead in the world of space leaving the USA in its tracks. Sad but true.