Chinese space station’s robotic arm grabs, moves cargo craft

China’s space station’s robotic arm successfully grabbed and moved a cargo spacecraft on Thursday, the first time that such move was conducted at the space station.

The Tianzhou-2 cargo ship was captured by the robotic arm early Thursday, and the entire process lasted 47 minutes.

Tianzhou-2 was launched on May 29 this year, to transport supplies and materials for the construction of China’s space station.

The space station has started the construction stage after the core module Tianhe went into orbit on April 29, 2021.

China will complete the building of its space station in 2022, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The country will see 40-plus space launches in 2022, including multiple manned space flights, the company said at a recent conference on its plan for the new year.

It plans to launch two cargo craft, two Shenzhou spaceships and two laboratory modules of China’s planned space station within the year.

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