Chinese Supply Ship Refuels Tiangong-2 Space Station

The Tianzhou-1 cargo ship has completed its second refueling test of the Tiangong-2 space station, Chinese media report.

The second refueling, lasting about two days, further tested the country’s refueling technology and cemented technical results from the first refueling.

Tianzhou-1, China’s first cargo spacecraft, was launched on April 20 from south China’s Hainan Province, and it completed automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab on April 22.

The two spacecraft completed their first in-orbit refueling on April 27, at an orbit of 393 kilometers above the earth….

According to the flight plan, Tianzhou-1 will fly around Tiangong-2 and then carry out a second docking.

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  • Arthur Hamilton

    When did the U.S. master refueling spacecraft in orbit? I have never read about the U.S. doing that.

  • JamesG

    When was the last time the US needed too?

  • Arthur Hamilton

    With Skylab.