China/Space-Tianzhou-1/Launch Success

First cargo spacecraft boosts China's space program with concrete step

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Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Province, south China - April 20, 2017
1. Aerospace researchers, families watching launch of Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft
2. Various of Tianzhou-1 atop Long March-7 carrier rocket blasting off
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3. Various of foreign envoys at launch center, talking with Chinese expert
4. Director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Simonetta Di Pippo at launch center

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Simonetta Di Pippo, director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (starting with shot 4, ending with shots 6-7):
"China is one of the most important countries in the peaceful use of outer space. It's a good sign of the strong cooperation between China and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs."
6. Screen showing separation of rocket boosters

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7. Rocket camera footage showing separation of rocket boosters

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Province, south China - April 20, 2017
8. Screen showing separation of payload fairing

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9. Rocket camera footage showing separation of payload fairing

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Province, south China - April 20, 2017
10. Screen showing separation of second-stage rocket and Tianzhou-1

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11. Rocket camera footage showing separation of second-stage rocket and Tianzhou-1

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Province, south China - April 20, 2017
12. Engineers taking photos at launch center
13. Engineers watching launch
14. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Tang Yagang, deputy head of space activity department of China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (ending with shot 15):
"Orbit entry is highly precise this time around. We used to allow an error of 5 kilometers. But this time the deviation is some 800 meters."
15. Engineers shaking hands
16. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Fan Ruixiang, chief designer of Long March-7 rocket:
"We've made 75 modifications on the rocket after its maiden flight. We have felt more assured this time than the last."
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17. Various of engineers celebrating launch of Tianzhou-1

Storyline


China has taken one more step closer toward its goal of putting its space station into orbit around 2022. On Thursday, the country launched its first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 into space to dock with its space lab for in-orbit refueling and replenishing.

Tianzhou-1 was lifted off and sent into its designated orbit by a Long March-7 carrier rocket. China has declared the lanuch a success.

Present at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center for Thursday's launch were aerospace researchers and their families. Also on site were ambassadors of Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa to the UN Vienna Office and the director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

"China is one of the most important countries in the peaceful use of outer space. It's a good sign of the strong cooperation between China and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs," said Simonetta Di Pippo, the director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

Inside the control center at Wenchang, engineers from the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) got excited to witness Tianzhou-1 enter its designated orbit after the separation of the rocket's second stage and the cargo spacecraft.

"Orbit entry is highly precise this time around. We used to allow an error of 5 kilometers. But this time the deviation is some 800 meters," said Tang Yagang, deputy head of CALT's space activity department.

The Long March-7 carrier rocket took its maiden launch last June from this same launch center. Experts from CALT said a number of technological modifications have been made to the carrier rocket for the launch of Tianzhou-1.

"We've made 75 modifications on the rocket after its maiden flight. We have felt more assured this time than the last," said Fan Ruixiang, chief designer of the Long March-7 series of carrier rockets.

The cargo ship will dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab where two Chinese astronauts had spent 30 days in the country's longest-ever manned space mission. The cargo ship will refuel and replenish the space lab while conducting space experiments before returning to Earth.

If the Tianzhou-1 mission executes without a hitch, China will become the third country along with Russia and the United States to master the technique of refueling in space.

China aims to build a permanent space station that is expected to orbit for at least 10 years, and the debut of the cargo ship is important as it acts as a courier to help maintain the space station and its residents.

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