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China to launch new carrier rocket between June 25 and 29

Updated: Jun 22,2016 2:27 PM     Xinhua

Long March-7 carrier rocket is transferred vertically to the launch pad in Wenchang, south China’s Hainan province, June 22, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

WENCHANG — China plans to launch its new generation Long March-7 carrier rocket between June 25 and 29 from a new launch ground in south China, according to the manned space engineering office on June 22.

The rocket was vertical when taken to the launch pad in journey that took three hours on the morning of June 22.

Long March-7 carrier rocket is transferred vertically to the launch pad in Wenchang, south China’s Hainan province, June 22, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Long March-7 is a medium-sized rocket using liquid propellant that can carry up to 13.5 tonnes to low-Earth orbit. It will transport cargo for China’s planned space station and is expected to become the main carrier for space launches.

The rocket arrived at Wenchang in south China’s Hainan province in May for final assembly and testing.

This will be the first launch from Wenchang, the fourth launch site in China. Its construction was completed in November 2014.

According to the local tourism department, all hotels are fully booked until June 26. The city can only provide accommodation for 80,000 people and suggested tourists avoid the maiden launch, as there will be more in the future.

Long March-7 carrier rocket is transferred vertically to the launch pad in Wenchang, south China’s Hainan province, June 22, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Long March-7 carrier rocket is transferred vertically to the launch pad in Wenchang, south China’s Hainan province, June 22, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

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