China is about to launch its first cargo spacecraft on Thursday. Beijing is taking another forward step towards its goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.
The cargo resupply spacecraft will be launched at 7:41 PM carried on a long March-7 Y2 rocket from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in the southern island province of Hainan.
The spacecraft can carry 2 tonnes of fuel, 6 tonnes of goods and can fly unmanned for three months. The US Defense Department has highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed at preventing
other nations from using space-based assets during a crisis.