Mengtian module

Rendering of Mengtian lab module
Module statistics
COSPAR ID2022-143A
Part ofTiangong space station
Launch date31 October 2022, 07:37:23 UTC[1]
Launch vehicleLong March 5B (Y4)
Mass~22,000 kg (49,000 lb) in orbit
At launch: ~23,000 kg (51,000 lb)
Length17.9 m (59 ft)
Diameter4.2 m (14 ft)
Pressurised volume109m3[2]
habitable: 32m3[3]
Docking with Tiangong space station
Docking portTianhe Forward
Docking date31 October 2022, 20:27
Undocking date3 November 2022, 00:48 UTC
Time docked2 days, 4 hours and 21 minutes
Berthing at Tiangong space station
Berthing portTianhe port side Port
Berthing date3 November 2022, 01:32 UTC
Time berthed1 year, 6 months and 18 days
Launch of Mengtian

Mengtian (simplified Chinese: 梦天; traditional Chinese: 夢天; pinyin: Mèng Tiān; lit. 'Dreaming of the Heavens[4]'), officially the Mengtian laboratory cabin module (Chinese: 梦天实验舱), is a major module of the Tiangong space station. It is the second Laboratory Cabin Module launched, after Wentian, and the second module to extend the existing Tianhe core module of the station.[5] It was launched into orbit from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on 31 October 2022,[6] successfully docking with Tianhe forward port at 20:27 UTC on the same day.[7]

On 3 November 2022, Mengtian was relocated to the larboard port at 01:32 UTC[8] by indexing robot arm. On the same day at 07:12 UTC, the crew of Shenzhou 14 opened the hatch and entered the module for the first time.

  1. ^ Beil, Adrian (30 October 2022). "China launches Mengtian science module to Tiangong space station". NASASpaceFlight. Retrieved 31 October 2022.
  2. ^ 朱光辰 (2022). "我国载人航天器总体构型技术发展". 航天器工程. 第31卷 (第6期): 47.
  3. ^ 中国载人航天 (2022-10-30). "解码梦天(二)一组数字看懂梦天实验舱" (in Simplified Chinese). Retrieved 2022-10-31.
  4. ^ "Planned space station details made public". China Daily. 2018-04-26. The two space labs, Wentian, or Quest for Heavens, and Mengtian, or Dreaming of Heavens
  5. ^ "SCIO briefing about China's progress on space station construction |". Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  6. ^ The Associated Press (31 October 2022). "China launches 3rd and final space station component". ABC News.
  7. ^ Jones, Andrew (31 October 2022). "Final module docks at China's Tiangong space station". SpaceNews. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  8. ^ China 'N Asia Spaceflight [@CNSpaceflight] (November 3, 2022). "Official completion time of Mengtian relocation is 01:32UTC" (Tweet). Retrieved 3 November 2022 – via Twitter.