top of page

China resumed construction of its Space Station in 2022, launched TianZhou-4 Cargo Spacecraft

Lifted off from Wenchang spaceport, TianZhou's autonomous rapid flight profile completes Rendezvous and Docking to the Country's Space Station in 6 hours and 58 minutes.

Long March 7 Y5 carrier rocket lifted off with Tianzhou-4 cargo Spacecraft, at the Wenchang Spaceport in Hainan Island. credit: CASC

May 10, 2022 China launched the Tianzhou-4 (天舟四号, Tiān Zhōu Sì Hào, TZ-4) cargo spacecraft on Monday, May 9, 2022, with liftoff at 01:56:29,373 Beijing time(May 10) – 17:56:29.373 UTC. The Long March-7 No. Y5 rocket carrying the spacecraft took off from the Wenchang Spaceport off the coast of the island province of Hainan in southern China. The spacecraft was placed in an initial 200 km × 400 km orbit, with an inclination of 41.46°, to then use its engines to meet and dock with the station.

Tianzhou-4 Cargo Spacecraft Docked with Tianhe core module in Low Earth Orbit. Credit: BACC

According to the plan, The spacecraft docked with the aft (rear) port of the station's Tianhe core module, Today at 0054 UTC (08:54 Beijing). Delivered supplies, equipment, and propellant, which will be used by its third visiting crew, to be launched from the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft, planned NET June 5.

Infographics by S.I and HDE

The Tianzhou-4 mission is the third unmanned flight to transport cargo to the Chinese orbital station's Tianhe module. "China plans to transform the space station into a world-class space laboratory that will allow long-stay astronauts and large-scale scientific, technological and application experiments," said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of the country's manned space program. This is the 22nd launch mission of the country's manned space project. It is the first launch mission of the space station construction from the key technology verification stage to the on-orbit construction stage. It is also the 420th flight of the Long March series of launch vehicles.