Resident Crews of the Chinese Space Station Tiangong

Tiangong: Expedition 3

Patch Shenzhou-14 Crew Shenzhou-14

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Patch Shenzhou-15
Tianzhou-4 patch

alternate crew photo

crew poster

Wentian patch

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Crew, launch- and landing data

No. Nation Surname Given names Position Spacecraft
1 China  Chen  Dong  CDR  Shenzhou-14  05.06.2022  02:44:10.460 UTC  (Shenzhou-14)     UTC

2 China  Liu  Yang  Operator  Shenzhou-14  05.06.2022  02:44:10.460 UTC  (Shenzhou-14)     UTC

3 China  Cai  Xuzhe  Operator  Shenzhou-14  05.06.2022  02:44:10.460 UTC  (Shenzhou-14)     UTC

4 China      Operator  (Shenzhou-15)    UTC  (Shenzhou-15)    UTC    
5 China      Operator  (Shenzhou-15)    UTC  (Shenzhou-15)    UTC    
6 China      Operator  (Shenzhou-15)    UTC  (Shenzhou-15)    UTC    

Backup Crew

No. Nation Surname Given names Position
1 China      CDR
2 China      Operator
3 China      Operator
4 China      Operator
5 China      Operator
6 China      Operator

Expedition Report

Launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center.

Only seven hours later Shenzhou-14 docked with the Tianhe core module. They became the third resident crew of the space station.

On May 11, 2022, the unmanned freighter Tianzhou-4 had already arrived at the space station and was docked at 00:47 UTC. Tianzhou-4 also carries a cube sat. It's very likely something like Banxing to take photos the China Space Station after dockings of two laboratory modules, Wentian & Mengtian. In addition, the freighter transported 5.6 tons of other equipment to the space station. This included food, skin care products for six months, reserve equipment for the space station and space science payloads, as well as oxygen bottles and water bags.

The Tianzhou-3 cargo craft, carrying supplies for China's space station, undocked from the Tiangong station on July 17, 2022 at 02:59 UTC, after completing all assigned tasks, according to the China Manned Space Engineering Office.
China launched the Tianzhou-3 on September 20, 2021 from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern province of Hainan, delivering six tons of goods to the country's under-construction space station.

The science module Wentian was launched on July 24, 2022 at 14:22:32.057 UTC from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site. It docked on July 24, 2022 at 19:13 UTC with the front port of the Tianhe core module.
The Wentian science module is the second module of the Chinese space station. It is 17.9 m long with the rotatable holder for the solar cell wings and its largest diameter is 4.2 m. In addition to its scientific function, it also serves to control the entire space station. It consists of three areas: the approximately 7 m long working section adjoining the spherical lock section of the core module with an outer diameter of 4.2 m, a lock section with a slightly smaller diameter, and a tapered supply section on which the solar panels and the parabolic antenna for communication with the control center are mounted on the ground. Wentian also has an exit hatch and a second gripper arm.

Photos / Graphics

Tiangong with modules Wentian and Mengtian (planned) crew in training
crew in training crew in training
Wentian launch Tianhe as seen from arriving module Wentian
Wentian robotic arm life onboard Tiangong


Last update on August 09, 2022.