The Long March-2F Y12 carrier rocket, carrying the Tianzhou-12 crewed spaceship, blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 9:22 a.m. (Beijing Time) on June 17th.
About 573 seconds later, Shenzhou-12 successfully separated from the rocket and entered the preset orbit, sending astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo into space. The Shenzhou-12 crew is in good condition and the launch is a complete success.
It is China's nineteenth flight mission since the launch of the manned space program, and also the first crewed mission in the construction stage of the space station. After entering orbit, the spaceship will conduct a fast autonomous rendezvous and docking with the space station core module Tianhe according to built-in computer programs.
During the flight of the space complex, astronauts will be stationed in the Tianhe module and stay in orbit for three months, carry out tasks such as the mechanical arm operation and extravehicular activities, and verify a series of key technologies such as long-term residence in space, recycling of resources and life support of astronauts.
The combination of the Tianhe module and Tianzhou-2 cargo craft has entered the scheduled docking orbit. All equipment is working properly and in good condition, meeting the requirements of rendezvous and docking as well as accommodation for three astronauts.
At present, the combination of the Tianhe core module and the Tianzhou-2 has entered the docking orbit and is in good condition, meeting the requirements of the rendezvous and docking mission with the Shenzhou-12 and the conditions for the astronauts to enter the space.