China says the massive robotic arm attached to its Tiangong Space Station will be used to help incoming spacecraft to dock. Photo: Weibo
China says the massive robotic arm attached to its Tiangong Space Station will be used to help incoming spacecraft to dock. Photo: Weibo

China space station’s giant robotic arm sparks concerns in US

  • Device could be ‘used in a future system for grappling other satellites’, head of US Space Command says
  • 10-metre-long arm attached to the core module of the Tiangong space station is capable of lifting objects weighing up to 20 tonnes

China says the massive robotic arm attached to its Tiangong Space Station will be used to help incoming spacecraft to dock. Photo: Weibo
China says the massive robotic arm attached to its Tiangong Space Station will be used to help incoming spacecraft to dock. Photo: Weibo
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