It has become known that China launched the Wenjiang laboratory module to the national orbital station, which was launched at 14:22 local time from the Wenchan launch site using the Changzheng-5V launch vehicle, and is described by the TASS news agency with reference to China's Central Television.
According to available data, the laboratory module "Venivan" weighs about 20 tons and is about 18 metres long. The module is planned to be used as a laboratory for biological research. It also has three sleeping areas, a health unit and a kitchen. Once introduced, the station will be able to accommodate up to six time-vehicles during the change of crew. The new module also has a small robotic arm that is much smaller than the Tianhae manipulator, but is more positioned to allow more complex operations.
The first of the two laboratory modules that China plans to deploy to its orbital station is the "Veniang" one. It is expected that the second laboratory module, called "Mantan", will be launched into space in October this year. When it is completed, it will take a T-shaped form. The Chinese orbital station will be located at an altitude of approximately 400 km. It is designed to accommodate three people or six for a short period of time when the crew changes. It is expected that the station will serve for a period of 10 years.