Accompanying satellite launched from Tiangong-2

Updated 2016-10-24 08:49:30 Xinhua
The graphics shows an accompanying satellite designed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences which was launched from space lab Tiangong-2 at 7:31 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2016.

The graphics shows an accompanying satellite designed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences which was launched from space lab Tiangong-2 at 7:31 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2016.

An accompanying satellite was launched from space lab Tiangong-2 at 7:31 a.m. on Sunday, said Chinese scientists.

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

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.

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 Oct. 17 from northwest China's Gobi Desert. It docked with Tiangong-2 two days later.

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