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Tianzhou 5



Tianzhou is a derived spacecraft, based on the Tiangong-1 space station. The craft consists of two major components: the cargo module, which has a space of up to 15 cubic meters for research projects, food, water, and more, and the service module, which hosts the capsule’s flight control and propulsion.

The launch mass of the module is up to 13.5 tons with an internal payload capacity of up to 6.5 tons. The whole system is 10.6 meters long and has a diameter of 3.35 meters.

This cargo will be used to support the Shenzhou-15 mission, which is planned to launch on Nov. 29, 2022. The current crew of the station, under the leadership of crew commander Chen Dong, will stay in space until December, before returning to Earth on the Shenzhou spacecraft. The crew for the Shenzhou-15 mission has not been announced yet but will feature three taikonauts from the People’s Liberation Army Astronaut Corps (PLAAC).

Some of the payloads for this mission include the Macao Student Science Satellite No.1, developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). It will be deployed from Tianzhou-5 at a later date. The spacecraft features four more CubeSat payloads, including the Sheng Xi Jishu Yanzheng Lianxing payload, which will be used to study tether mechanisms in space. Another payload is the Zhixing-3A satellite, which the Shaanxi Smart Satellite GmbH will use as an SAR satellite.

Alternate Names

  • Tianzhou5
  • 54237

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2022-11-12
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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