[FPSPACE] Tiangong images and operations
epgrondine at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 5 11:06:20 EDT 2008
Hi and Hello -
I missed this video, and the images that Chen Lan extracted from it of the Tiangong design:
While the diameter of the lab core photographed in the assembly building is the same as that of China's existing launchers (central image at Chen Lan's site, and this photo has been on Encyclopedia Astronautica for a long time), I did not see how it fit in, as the solar panel section was missing. The video image shows no seam for attachment of the solar panel section by a separate launch.
The CGI video frame shows only 1 dock on Tiangong, which means no servicing flights for missions without detachment-reattachment of the flight-return module. I have no idea what the "barrels" or "tanks" are which are shown in the Tiangong section with the solar panels. (right image)
Perhaps an an EVA hatch is shown on the (unmmaned?) flight's Orbital Module in the image on the right.
PS - Did anyone ever stitch together the images of Jupiter during the Shoemaker Levy impacts into a continuous mpeg?
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