The Chinese space station (CSS) is a planned artificial satellite to be placed in low earth orbit. It is part of Project 921 of the Chinese space program.
It is a third generation modular space station, comparable to the Soviet/Russian Mir, Russian OPSEK and the ISS. Operations will be controlled from the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Centre in the People's Republic of China.
According to the technology-tabloid The Register, Wang Wenbao, director of the Chinese space agency, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CSME), believes that the project "will enhance national prestige and strengthen the national sense of cohesion and pride."
The planned launching date is "around 2020".