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Tianzhou 1



The main objective of Tianzhou-1 mission is to conduct the on-orbit refueling of the Tiangong-2 space station. During the mission, the new vehicle will make three rendezvous attempts with Tiangong-2. Combined operations with the Tiangong-2 / Tianzhou-1 orbital complex will take place over two months. At the end of this period, Tianzhou-1 will separate from Tiangong-2 and will initiate an autonomous orbital mission for three months to carry out experiments and tests during that period of time. At the end of the mission, Tianzhou-1 will make an automatic destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.

Alternate Names

  • 42684
  • Tianzhou1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2017-04-20
Launch Vehicle: Long March 7
Launch Site: Wenchang, Peoples Republic of China

Funding Agency

  • China National Space Administration (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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