Tianzhou – China’s cargo spacecraft

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China’s Tianzhou cargo spacecraft is a derived version of the Tiangong space laboratory and delivers goods & fuel to China’s space outposts.


  • Name: TianZhou (天舟) is Chinese for Heavenly Ship
  • Length: 10.6 m
  • Diameter: 3.35 m (living & goods compartment)
  • Weight: 6.41 t (empty) / 12.91 t (with goods & equipment)
  • Docking port: One
  • Energy supply: Two 3-segment solar arrays
  • Expected life time: around 6 months
  • Launch vehicle: Long March 7
  • Flight profile: Inclination 41° / 350 km circular orbit

Mission overview

Mission nameLaunch date (UTC)ReentryMission description
Tianzhou 120th April 201722nd September 2017Tianzhou 1 was the first flight of a Tianzhou spacecraft and it performed multiple autonomous docking maneuver with the Tiangong-2 space laboratory.
Tianzhou 229th May 2021unknownThis will be the first service mission to China’s Space Station. It will dock with the core module Tianhe.