China's space lab launches micro-satellite, Banxing-2
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Posted on:25 Oct 2016 17:53:49
25 October 2016 Current Affairs: Tiangong-2, the experimental space lab of China, on 23 October 2016 successfully launched a micro-satellite, Banxing-2 (the word means Companion Satellite). The micro-satellite is roughly the size of a desktop printer.
At present, Tiangong-2 is orbiting the Earth with two astronauts on board.
Banxing-2 : Weighing 47 kilograms, the micro satellite has a series of visible light cameras, including a 25 megapixel camera and wide-angle imagers. Its mission is to take photographs of Tiangong-2 and the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, which docked with the lab on 19 October 2016.
The satellite, which the media has nicknamed "Selfie Stick", also has an infrared camera that is temperature - sensitive. With three solar panels, the satellite can also generate enough power to adjust its orbit to shoot pictures of the lab and spacecraft.
The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft carried two astronauts into space on the 17 October 2016. It docked with Tiangong-2 two days later. In 2008, its predecessor, Banxing-1, did the same work for Shenzhou 7.
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