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China says its new space station will be completed in two years

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 6, 2020
China is aiming to complete work on its space station within about two years, officials said after the launch of a new spacecraft on Tuesday.
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The country launched a new rocket from the Wenchang launch centre with an unmanned spacecraft and return capsule.

The launch was successful, China's Manned Space Agency said, as the experimental spacecraft and capsule separated from the rocket to enter orbit.

The capsule is reportedly based on the former Soviet Union's Soyuz model and can carry six astronauts rather than three.

China eventually plans to send four crewed space missions and cargo craft to complete work on its permanent space station.