China will launch Tiangong-2 Space Lab station 10:04am ET.
The Chinese Space agency is ready to launch the Tiangong-2 Space Lab into orbit. The Tiangong-2 space lab will take off from the Gobi desserts at 10:04 p.m local time. The country operates there the Jiuquan space center. China is taking Tiangong-2 space lab the next step in their effort to have a manned space station by 2022.
Update: The Tiangong-2 Space Lab was successfully launched into space.
"Following our preliminary preparation, examination and review tests, all systems and equipment are in position for the mission," said Guo Zhonglai, deputy chief of the Planning Department of the center according to China's XinHua.
China uses a Long March-2F T2 rocket to blast the Tiangong-2 into space. If all goes well then two astronauts will spend 30 days on board the Tiangong-2 Space Lab. They are planned to arrive with Shenzhou-11 spacecraft in mid-October. If China is successful, the country will have their own spacelab similar to the ISS.
Chinese CCTV-News is streaming the launch of the Tiangong-2 space lab live in Youtube. CCTV-News is China's preeminent 24-hour English language television channel. Watch the Tiangong-2 launch live below.
China feels confident enough to allow live streaming of the Tiangong-2 Space Lab. China's space launches have been very reliable in recent past. Space mission are though cutting edge and there is always a risk as just seen with SpaceX. There is still no update on why the Falcon 9 exploded.