At 7:55 am (Beijing Time) on January 8, 2022, under the close coordination of the ground scientific and technological personnel, the Shenzhou-13 crew spent about two hours in successfully completing the rendezvous and docking test of Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft and the space station assembly by hand-controlled teleoperation in the space station core module.
After they began the test, the Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft separated from the forward port of the node of the core module. Astronauts operated by hand and controlled the evacuation of the cargo spacecraft to the scheduled docking point. After a short berth, it turned to the translation and closing section. Then they controlled the cargo spacecraft and space station assembly to complete forward rendezvous and docking accurately.
As an important mode of rendezvous and docking between the space station and visiting spacecraft, rendezvous and docking by hand-controlled teleoperation is a backup means of automatic rendezvous and docking of unmanned visiting spacecraft. It's the first time that astronauts in orbit used hand-controlled teleoperation equipment to control the rendezvous and docking between cargo spacecraft and the space station. This test preliminarily verifies the function and performance of the hand-controlled teleoperation system between the space station and visiting spacecraft, as well as the rationality of the coordinated work procedures between space and earth.