China has invited scientists from Pakistan to watch the launch of its next month’s manned space flight, namely Shenzhou 11, which will send two astronauts to join a space lab, Tiangong 2 which has been put into orbit. The astronauts will spend one month in orbit and perform various experiments.
The scientists from Germany, France, Italy, Russia and the EU are also invited to watch the launch of this space flight from Inner Mongolia. Tiangong 2 is expected to operate over the next five years. It will coexist with Tiangong 1, which is expected to crash to Earth in 2017.
China has been assisting Pakistan in the space programme, launching Pakistan’s communication Satellite PAKSAT-1R in 2011. According to some reports, China and Pakistan are ready to invest $46 million in introducing a remote sensing satellite in 2018 to monitor China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
China to build its manned space station
Recently, a senior project designer told Chinese media that once its mission of creating a manned space station completes, Beijing could send astronauts to its space station for more than a year at a time. Construction on the space station will be started from the next year, and it will take around three years before it enters into service in 2022.
Zhu Congpeng, chief designer of Tiangong-2, said, “we expect Tiangong-2 to serve for more than five years given the introduction of an in-orbit propellant technique for the first time.”
In April 2017, China’s first cargo spaceship Tianzhou-1 will be sent into orbit to provide the fuel and other supplies to the space station.
Recently, it was reported that Pakistan and China would jointly send a satellite into space in 2018. This satellite will be sent under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) program. In future, Pakistan and China will collaborate in almost all kind of space technologies.