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Long March-7 rocket nearly ready for maiden launch in Hainan

Updated: Jun 23,2016 9:32 AM

Some exciting news from the world of space exploration now and China’s new generation Long March-7 carrier rocket has reached the launching pad in Wenchang, Hainan, South China, just a few days before it’s due for blast-off.

After a three-hour rail journey of several kilometers. The 600-ton Long March-7 rocket has been moved into position at the launch site at Wenchang Satellite Launch Center.

“If everything goes very smoothly, according to the weather conditions, we plan to move on to the next step — -fueling up for launch,” said Zhang Zhenzhong, Commander of Long March-7 Launching Site.

The Long March-7 will transport cargo for China’s planned space station. With a breakthrough loading capacity of 18 tons, it is expected to become the main carrier for space launches.

Using new liquid fuel, it’s environmentally friendly and costs only a fraction of the fuel used by its predecessor. But the launch itself is by no means a simple procedure.

“The noise is just incredible when the rocket blasts off, and we’ve designed a ‘noise-canceling’ technology to tackle the problem,” said Fan Hong, an engineer from China Aerospace Science & Tech Corp.

And the noise isn’t the only problem. The high temperatures of the flame also make the mission challenging.

“There are many yellow, mushroom-looking things on the surface of our launch pad. They are our first-level sprayer, forming a protective water layer. And we have a second-level sprayer when the rocket rises to a certain height,” said Fan Hong.

Wenchang is one of China’s four space launch centers, and it’s the first time that a rocket is taking off from here.

Moreover, there are many other scientific breakthroughs in the design of the rocket, such as its intense wind resistance, and its waterproof technology.

And one more special thing for this launch is that the public will be able to watch what happens from the mainland for the first time.

Obviously, this launch will open a new chapter in the history of Chinese space exploration.