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Russian spacecraft will not be able to get to China’s Tiangong Orbital Station due to location spaceports in Russia. Yang Yuguang, a spokesman for China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), announced this on Tuesday, May 10, on Chinese television.

“In the future, it will be possible to launch manned and cargo spacecraft (to Tiangong – Ed.) from the territory of other countries. But in the case of Russia, there is a factor that must be taken into account. The territory of Russia is located at a very high latitude, and for docking to Chinese space station, we have a simple requirement: the latitude at which the launch pad is located should not be at a latitude higher than 42 degrees, this is the difficulty with Russia,” Interfax quoted Yang Yuguang as saying.

In June last year, the head “Roskosmos” Dmitry Rogozin announced negotiations on sending Russian cosmonauts to the Chinese orbital station.

The representative of CASIC noted that other countries, in particular European ones, which have a spaceport in French Guiana, will be able to launch spaceship to Tiangong station. The situation is similar between Japan and the USA. China, he said, is considering nine proposals from seventeen countries for experiments on the orbital station, these initiatives are supported by the UN.

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