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Beihang Graduates Lead the Designing Work of Tianzhou-1

Release time:April 28, 2017 / Liu Xinrui

Atop a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket, Tianzhou-1 rose into the air from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan Province at 7:41 p.m. on April 20th, 2017. After 596 seconds, the spacecraft separated from the rocket and entered a fixed orbit, which was a complete success.

Behind this huge success comes the joint efforts and great contributions of those talents, almost Beihang graduates, in aerospace industry. It is reported that Bai Mingsheng, the chief designer of Tianzhou-1, Fan Ruixiang, the chief designer of Long March-7 carrier rocket, and Liu Xianli and Cheng Tangming, the associate chief designers of Long March-7 carrier rocket, were Beihang alumni.

Moreover, Beihang research team gave a strong technological support for this project. For example, Prof. Cai Guobiao’ s team,from School of Astronautics, played a vital role in plume analysis when Tianzhou-1 docked with the space station. In order to manage the payload of Tianzhou-1, Prof. Yan Xiaojun’ s team from School of Energy and Power Engineering established the intelligent press and release device. The space micro pump control system, led by Prof. Guo Hong’ s team from School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering was the key component of space experiment security system.

Tianzhou-1 is not only the first cargo spacecraft, but the largest and heaviest one developed by  Chinese technical stuff. It also gets a nickname “space delivery man”, for its core task is propellant in-orbit refueling.      

 

Edited by Wang Qing

Translated by Liu Xinrui

Edited by Li Mingzhu, He Siying