KKS belongs not only to China, and all countries, regardless of their size and level of development, can cooperate on equal terms
- said Shi Zhongjun, Chinese Ambassador to the UN
According to publicly available information, the station will be able to begin operation after 2022. The service life is estimated at ten years, and at the same time on board will be able to be up to six astronauts for 180 days. The main module of the station was called "Tianhe-1", which means "Harmony of Heaven", its launch into orbit is planned for 2020. The construction of some other parts of the station has already been completed.
Even before construction began, China openly declared that their station would be international, and against the background of the age-long ISS, these news became the basis for many investors, at one time supporting the functioning of the ISS, to begin investing in the Chinese station. So says billionaire Robert Bigelow, who has plans to build his own space station, is twice the size of the ISS. Meanwhile, the European Space Agency (ESA) has already agreed to cooperate, so that European astronauts will be able to start using the new station already in 2020.