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Do you have any updates on the quantum comm. Sat you have deployed?

Are you guys engineered it for mass production?
 

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China's Shenzhou-14 astronauts, or taikonauts, completed their third round of extravehicular activities (EVAs) on Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

It was the first round of EVAs for the crew after the assembly of the station's basic T-shape configuration.

Taikonauts Chen Dong and Cai Xuzhe exited the cabin, and Liu Yang stayed inside the cabin for support. The EVAs lasted around 5.5 hours.

During the EVAs, the two taikonauts outside the cabin worked together and installed a connection "bridge" between the three modules that could assist taikonauts with crawling outside the module and better stabilize the station's T-shaped structure.

Cai, who only had his first space walk in September, tried the first cross-module walk using this bridge.

The taikonauts also lifted a panoramic camera outside the Wentian lab module and added a handle on the small robotic arm.

This is the seventh round of EVAs at China's space station.

The Shenzhou-14 taikonauts successfully completed their first two rounds of EVAs in September, both from the airlock cabin of the Wentian lab module. The first EVAs lasted about seven hours, and the second lasted about five hours.

The three Shenzhou-14 crew members were sent into space in June on a record-breaking six-month mission.

As planned, the Shenzhou-14 crew will welcome the arrival of the Shenzhou-15 manned spacecraft at the space station later this month. The Shenzhou-15 crew members will join the Shenzhou-14 taikonauts for the space station's first-ever crew handover.

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Shenzhou-15 crew members

Astronaut Fei Junlong
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Astronaut Deng Qingming
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Astronaut Zhang Lu
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