Launching the Tiangong-2 space laboratory China make a step reference in research


Despite its tiny dimension, it is expected to be three times more accurate than NIST-F2, atomic clock operated by America’s National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, losing only a second in one billion years. “It is the world’s first cold atomic clock to operate in space … it will have military and civilian applications,” said Professor Xu Zhen, a scientist involved with the Cacs project. The clock will start its journey when Tiangong-2, China’s second space laboratory, is launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Inner Mongolia Thursday night

  The laboratory is also equipped with Gamma-ray Burst Polarimeter (Polar), capable of studying the most powerful explosions in the universe, quantum communication devices, and a “forge” to generate extremely high heat for the creation of new materials such as armour in a microgravity environment.


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