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China’s space lab Tiangong-2 successfully launches micro satellite

world Updated: Oct 24, 2016 01:30 IST
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Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, left, and Chen Dong salute in the space lab Tiangong-2. (AP File Photo)

China’s experimental space lab Tiangong-2, which is orbiting the Earth with two astronauts onboard, on Sunday launched a micro satellite.

The satellite, which weighs 47 kilograms and is the size of a printer, was launched into space aboard Tiangong-2 on September 15, Technology and Engineering Centre for Space Utilisation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences said.

The micro satellite is able to conduct efficient orbit control, process tasks autonomously and transmit data at high speeds, with stronger capabilities compared with the accompanying satellite of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft, it said, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

At the end of October, the satellite will orbit close to Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 and take photos with the high- resolution camera installed on it.

The accompanying satellite will also carry out space experiments with Tiangong-2 to expand the use of space.

The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft carried two astronauts into space on October 17 from northwest China’s Gobi Desert. It docked with Tiangong-2 two days later.