According to a leading Chinese engineer, the supposedly out-of-control and falling Chinese space station is not actually going to crash on Earth and potentially hurt people. The need to clarify the situation came after numerous reports claimed that the Chinese space agency has supposedly lost control of its space lab and that it is now falling back down. However, it seems that is not the case, as the agency has announced that it knows the whereabouts of the space station. The space agency launched Tiangong-1 back in 2011. The “heavenly palace”, according to its translation, has been conducting experiments ever since. The idea is to make sure that a permanent space station could become a reality by 2023.
It’s interesting that the agency was initially supposed to decommission it back in 2013. However, its controlled destruction has been delayed numerous times. This could be the reason why so many people believed it to be out-of-control and potentially falling back to Earth. Should it indeed crash over a populated area, it could cause serious problems, especially because not all of the space station would burn up in the atmosphere.
The Chinese space station is perfectly under control
According to Zhu Congpeng, who is an experienced engineer at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, explained that Tiangong-1 is not out-of-control, is not falling uncontrollably and moreover, does not pose any threat to Earth because it will not fall back from orbit. It seems that the experts there have been following the space station’s journey. It seems like the plan is to allow it to fall, under their control, within the first half of the year.
Chinese president Xi Jinping has made it a purpose to advance the country’s space program. The goal is to make China one of the strongest players when it comes to space flight.
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