According to the China Manned Space Engineering Office, the Tianzhou-5 cargo spacecraft successfully completed the status setting after entering orbit. On November 12, 2022, an autonomous rapid rendezvous In the docking mode, was successfully docked with the rearward port of the Tianhe core module of the space station. For the first time, the Chinese astronauts welcomed the visit of the cargo spacecraft at the space station. After the rendezvous and docking is completed, Tianzhou-5 will be transferred to the combined flight segment.
The mission, for the first time, achieved two hours of autonomous rapid rendezvous and docking, creating a world record. This technical breakthrough is of great significance to enhance the level of space rendezvous and docking in China and to improve the emergency supplies resupply capability of the space station mission.
Tianzhou V cargo spacecraft is China’s space station three modules after the completion of the first visiting vehicle, for the first time with the “T” configuration combination (including radial docking manned spacecraft) to implement docking, docking target up to 80 tons, which is also the first time in China to implement the space station manned cargo spacecraft rendezvous and docking, with a failure in the case of hand-controlled remote Operation rendezvous and docking mission backup capability, to improve the reliability of the rendezvous process in close proximity.
The Sky Boat V cargo spacecraft is a fully sealed cargo spacecraft, is the world’s largest in-service cargo transport capacity, the most comprehensive in-orbit support capacity of cargo spacecraft. With about 6.7 tons of uplinked materials, the spacecraft is loaded with astronaut systems, space station systems, space applications and experimental payloads of more than 5.2 tons, carrying 1.4 tons of replenishment propellant, will provide material security for the Shenzhou XV crew of three people for six months in orbit, space station assembly and construction and space applications.