China's second orbiting space lab Tiangong-2, which may enable two astronauts to live in space for up to 30 days, has been delivered to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
The lab was sent from Beijing Thursday by railway and reached the launch center Saturday, marking the start of the Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft missions, said a statement issued by China's manned space engineering office.
-Assembly and tests will begin at the center ahead of the lab's launch scheduled for mid-September, the statement said.
According to the statement, Tiangong-2 will be capable of receiving manned and cargo1 spaceships, and will be a testing place for systems and processes for mid-term space stays and refueling in space.
It will also be involved in experiments on aerospace2 medicine, space sciences, on-orbit maintenance and space station technologies.
China's first space lab Tiangong-1, which was launched in September 2011 with a designed life of two years, ended its data service earlier this year. It had docked with Shenzhou-8, Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 spacecraft and undertook a series of experiments.