Beijing (The Times Groupe)- China plans to launch a three-person mission to complete work on its permanent orbiting space station.
China’s Manned Space Agency said its launch vehicle will blast off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on the edge of the Gobi Desert on Sunday at around 10:44 am local time (0244 GMT).
The Shenzhou-14 crew will spend six months on the Tiangong station during which they will supervise the addition of two laboratory modules to the main Tianhe living area launched in April 2021.
Chen Dong and his fellow astronauts Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe will assemble the three-module structure that will join the existing Tianhe with Wentian and Mengtian, which are due to arrive in July and October respectively.
“Everything is ready for the launch,” said Lin Xiqiang, an agency official.
The Tianzhou-3 remains docked with the station.