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New generation CZ-7 rocket tested for maiden launch


06-22-2016 12:54 BJT

Chinese carrier rocket the Long March 7 is being prepared for its maiden launch in southern China’s Hainan province.


China's new generation Long March-7 is ready to be launched at a new launch ground in South China. [Photo: huanqiu.com]

The officials in Wenchang Satellite Launch Center said this 53-meter-tall, 600-ton rocket has completed most tests. The rocket’s debut flight will carry a scaled-down version of a new re-entry capsule for human spaceflight.

The new rockets are expected to become the main launch vehicle for Chinese space missions, replacing the current Long March 3B.

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