China’s second prototype space station, Tiangong-2, is set to launch into orbit today, according to state media reports. The launch comes five years after China sent up its first space lab, Tiangong-1, and serves as a reminder to the west that China’s space-based capabilities are growing fast.
China is close to launching its own space station. They are preparing the first module, called Tiangong-1 ("heavenly palace"). It will be first of many and it will launch later this year.