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China: China’s most powerful rocket ready for second mission launch02:51

China: China’s most powerful rocket ready for second mission launch

China, Hainan
July 2, 2017 at 09:46 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Long March 5-Y2, China’s heavy-lift rocket, was ready for takeoff at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on the country’s tropical island space base of Hainan, Sunday.

Ranking among the most powerful rockets in the world, the Long March 5 is reportedly carrying a payload of up to 25 tonnes into low earth orbit, and subsequently a weight of 14 tonnes in geostationary orbit; almost 3 times the capacity previous Long March vehicles.

This mission marks the China National Space Administration's (CNSA) 250th rocket launch. It aims to inject the SJ-18 (Shijian-18) communication satellite into Super-geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

The SJ-18 is a new telecommunication satellite developed by China Academy of Space Technology, which will test key technology such as large capacity laser communication with the objective of carrying out geostationary communication broadcasting services in the future.

Fueled by liquid hydrogen, kerosene and liquid oxygen, The Long March 5 is a two stage cryogenic liquid launch vehicle, and is planned to be used in future lunar sample missions, manned space stations, probe to Mars and other major projects.

On its second mission, the Long March 5 is scheduled to lift off on Sunday, 19:30 local time (11:30 GMT)

China: China’s most powerful rocket ready for second mission launch02:51
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The Long March 5-Y2, China’s heavy-lift rocket, was ready for takeoff at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on the country’s tropical island space base of Hainan, Sunday.

Ranking among the most powerful rockets in the world, the Long March 5 is reportedly carrying a payload of up to 25 tonnes into low earth orbit, and subsequently a weight of 14 tonnes in geostationary orbit; almost 3 times the capacity previous Long March vehicles.

This mission marks the China National Space Administration's (CNSA) 250th rocket launch. It aims to inject the SJ-18 (Shijian-18) communication satellite into Super-geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

The SJ-18 is a new telecommunication satellite developed by China Academy of Space Technology, which will test key technology such as large capacity laser communication with the objective of carrying out geostationary communication broadcasting services in the future.

Fueled by liquid hydrogen, kerosene and liquid oxygen, The Long March 5 is a two stage cryogenic liquid launch vehicle, and is planned to be used in future lunar sample missions, manned space stations, probe to Mars and other major projects.

On its second mission, the Long March 5 is scheduled to lift off on Sunday, 19:30 local time (11:30 GMT)

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