Out-of-control Chinese space station to crash-land on Earth within weeks

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By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Mar 06, 2018, 13:18 PM IST
New Delhi: The Chinese space lab – Tiangong-1 – has been making headlines since 2016, when scientists at China's CNSA space agency admitted to having lost control of the lab, saying that it would be crash-landing on Earth.

That put an end to months of speculation, as experts watching the path of the station suggested that it had been behaving strangely.



Launched in 2011, Tiangong-1 is the Asian country's first space station that was hailed as a potent political symbol of China’s growing power but is now, expected to crash land in a few weeks, although, scientists have not been able to predict where the 8.5-tonne module will hit.

The US-funded Aerospace Corporation estimates Tiangong-1 will re-enter the atmosphere during the first week of April. The European Space Agency says the module will come down between March 24 and April 19, a Guardian report said.

Aerospace in a statement said that there was "a chance that a small amount of debris" from the module will survive re-entry and hit the Earth.

"If this should happen, any surviving debris would fall within a region that is a few hundred kilometers in size," said Aerospace, a research organization that advises government and private enterprise on space flight.

It warned that the space station might be carrying a highly toxic and corrosive fuel called hydrazine on board.

The statement said the module is expected to re-enter somewhere between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south latitudes.

The chances of re-entry were slightly higher in northern China, the Middle East, central Italy, northern Spain and the northern states of the US, New Zealand, Tasmania, parts of South America and southern Africa.

However, Aerospace insisted the chance of debris hitting anyone living in these nations was tiny.

Tiangong was launched by China as part of a plan to show off its position as a global superpower. The country's space agency referred to the station as the "Heavenly Palace" and conducted a range of missions, some of which included astronauts.

It was used for both manned and unmanned missions and visited by China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang, in 2012.

In the past, space junk has fallen within sight of people, and there have even been reports of injuries as well.

In 1991 the Soviet Union's 20-tonne Salyut 7 space station crashed to Earth while still docked to another 20-tonne spacecraft called Cosmos 1686. They broke up over Argentina, scattering debris over the town of Capitan Bermudez.

NASA's 77-tonne Skylab space station came hurtling to Earth in an almost completely uncontrolled descent in 1979, with some large pieces landing outside Perth in Western Australia.


(With IANS inputs)
 

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Tiangong-1 (Chinese: 天宫一号; pinyin: Tiāngōng yīhào; literally: "Heavenly Palace 1") is China's first prototype space station,[9] serving as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous and docking capabilities.[10] Launched unmanned aboard a Long March 2F/G rocket[1] on 29 September 2011,[11] it is the first operational component of the Tiangong program, which aims to place a larger, modular station into orbit by 2023.[10][12] Tiangong-1 was initially projected to be deorbited in 2013,[13] to be replaced over the following decade by the larger Tiangong-2 and Tiangong-3 modules,[14] but as of November 2017 it was still aloft, though in a decaying orbit.

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Tiangong-1 (Chinese: 天宫一号; pinyin: Tiāngōng yīhào; literally: "Heavenly Palace 1") is China's first prototype space station,[9] serving as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous and docking capabilities.[10] Launched unmanned aboard a Long March 2F/G rocket[1] on 29 September 2011,[11] it is the first operational component of the Tiangong program, which aims to place a larger, modular station into orbit by 2023.[10][12] Tiangong-1 was initially projected to be deorbited in 2013,[13] to be replaced over the following decade by the larger Tiangong-2 and Tiangong-3 modules,[14] but as of November 2017 it was still aloft, though in a decaying orbit.

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Launched in 2011,planned to be de-orbited in 2013...Wow!!!How long does the larger Tiangong remain in orbit?6months?1 year???Our remote sensing satellites stay longer.:laugh:
 

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Tiangong-1 (Chinese: 天宫一号; pinyin: Tiāngōng yīhào; literally: "Heavenly Palace 1") is China's first prototype space station,[9] serving as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous and docking capabilities.[10] Launched unmanned aboard a Long March 2F/G rocket[1] on 29 September 2011,[11] it is the first operational component of the Tiangong program, which aims to place a larger, modular station into orbit by 2023.[10][12] Tiangong-1 was initially projected to be deorbited in 2013,[13] to be replaced over the following decade by the larger Tiangong-2 and Tiangong-3 modules,[14] but as of November 2017 it was still aloft, though in a decaying orbit.

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Bravo Bravo to the IQ of chinese scientists.

Lets allow it to fall on earth and put the lives of people at risk.

Brilliant idea.
 

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The article talks about debris hitting human, which is 1 in a million. What i am worried about is the toxic poisonous crap coming down on us.

Also this stupidity of deorbiting spacecrafts should not become a norm by chinese space agencies.
1. USA created much more stuff, openly or secretly, the media didn't blow up.
2. the 1st usage of spacecrafts is military, China just following the path of USA and USSR.
 

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Gotta say, the Chinese space program has seen more technical blunders. But I would refrain from the debate of "who's shirt is more white than whom". There space station falling into the atmosphere isn't new. Soviets had such accidents, where there crew lost there lives.

What's more important is that science allows us to do less blunders, save more lives when the lives are at stake and progress humanity to more achievements. So keeping nationality aside, especially if a space station is falling over a inhibited population of humans, many lives are at stake.

Since I don't know if the Chinese space program controlling the space station have also control over it's trajectory, then they can place the space station into an descending orbit where it would fall in an ocean or something, kinda like controlled crash.

If they fail to do so, then it would again a be technical blunder but something which will affect the reputation of the Chinese space program. Especially if they fail to let people know, that they failed, which I found out when in 2017 one of there satellite launch secondary stage provided more spin to the satellite than usual and more acceleration, dooming the satellite to be placed incorrectly into orbit. This wasn't the worst part, worst part was that they knew that "on live" people were watching and to save from humiliation they looped the video with an animation. People who were from spaceX were in the chat window including me, raised this issue... which was entertained by the Youtube channel closing the chat.

Nevertheless, I advocate space exploration, given what spaceX and ISRO is doing, If the Chinese do something awesome than it will be respected. Also looking forward to Chanadrayan 2 mission, damn gotta take popcorn to witness that event.
 

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Tiangong-1 (Chinese: 天宫一号; pinyin: Tiāngōng yīhào; literally: "Heavenly Palace 1") is China's first prototype space station,[9] serving as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous and docking capabilities.[10] Launched unmanned aboard a Long March 2F/G rocket[1] on 29 September 2011,[11] it is the first operational component of the Tiangong program, which aims to place a larger, modular station into orbit by 2023.[10][12] Tiangong-1 was initially projected to be deorbited in 2013,[13] to be replaced over the following decade by the larger Tiangong-2 and Tiangong-3 modules,[14] but as of November 2017 it was still aloft, though in a decaying orbit.

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Low IQ chinese seem to post anything for cover up. We show that on the so called chinese heavy lift vehicle failure.
 

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All space stations fell back to earth uncontrollablly. US SkyLab, Soviet Mir,...now Tiangong....eventually the ISS too. All space stations in low earth orbit are not powered and usually need boost assist from docking capsules.
 

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Bravo Bravo to the IQ of chinese scientists.

Lets allow it to fall on earth and put the lives of people at risk.

Brilliant idea.
High IQ Chinese couldn't send another rocket motor to push the ISS away or out to space. Let's you know they don't care about what kind of damage the debris will cause to people it' going to rein on. Have they atleast figured out where it would fall.? Any estimates.?
 

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High IQ Chinese couldn't send another rocket motor to push the ISS away or out to space. Let's you know they don't care about what kind of damage the debris will cause to people it' going to rein on. Have they atleast figured out where it would fall.? Any estimates.?
Exactly...the Chinese are not caring people just as Americans and Russians before them. They all just let their space stations fall back to the earth.
 

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