The Tianzhou-2 spacecraft with automatic refueling docked at China’s new space station on Sunday and supplied the future crew with fuel and supplies.
According to the Chinese manned space technology bureau, the process took about eight hours and was finally completed at 5:01 a.m. (local time), according to Chinese television broadcaster CCTV.
China is supplying survival supplies such as spacesuits, cargo and fuel to the Tianhe orbital station, the third and largest to launch its space program.
At the beginning of May, the Chinese space agency was the focus of various criticisms of this new space station, as part of the rocket that transported the central module from Tianhe returned to Earth uncontrolled.
The debris from the Long March-5B Y2 rocket fell over the Indian Ocean near the Maldives, although most of its parts disintegrated upon entering the atmosphere.
This fact sparked criticism from the Pentagon, which warned of the possible damage these remains could cause if they hit inhabited areas.
For their part, Chinese space analysts, quoted by the Global Times – a media affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party – said the debris from rocket launches falling back to Earth “is common in aerospace” and branded it Statements by the United States as “A Western exaggeration of the ‘threat posed by China’ in advancing space technology.”
China is not part of the International Space Station (ISS) and has created this “Large Modular Space Station,” which is expected to be one-fifth the size of the ISS.