China launched its new generation spacecraft Long March-7 from the Wanchang space center in the Hainan province.
The commander-in-chief of the Chinese space program declared the operation to be a full success.
The load separated from the rocket 603 seconds after the launch and entered into an oval orbit at 200 kilometers away from the surface of the Earth. The maximum point will be of 394 kilometers.
The events the 230th rocket launch for China. The objective of the launch is to test the performance of the new carrier rocket and to evaluate the capacity of the Wenchang launch site.
The Long March-7 is a medium-sized rocket that can carry 13.5 tons objects to Earth’s lower orbit. The rocket uses liquid oxygen and kerosene as fuel, which is an environmental friendly and unexpressive solution.
The spacecraft has 53.1 meters in length and experts say it will become the main Chinese rocket in the country’s future space missions.
The launch is seen as paramount for the Chinese space programs, which in turn is a source of great national pride, enhancing the global stature of the country and its technical expertise.
The device is a multi-functional spacecraft with a weight if 2,600 kilograms, which was expected to return to the Earth’s surface the next day.
The Chinese rocket included a space debris clearer, a CubeSat, a space refueling device, and two data relay spacecraft.
Each of these objects will have different orbits, and an upgraded vehicle will transport them until their reach their respective courses.
The Chinese officials plan to operate a permanent space station, which would be the final step of their three-step space program. The event is decided to take place in 2022.
In order to achieve this goal, the Chinese space engineers will have four space launches in the next ten months.
The new launch site was completed in 2014 and is the fourth being built on the Chinese territory. The Wenchang site will be the primary space center that will host the mission preparations for the future permanent space station.
The other sites include one that is specialized on manned space missions, a second that launches geostationary satellites and powerful rockets, and the third one for medium and low orbit spacecraft.
Wenchang is closer to the equator, and the low latitude may bring longer service life because of the shorter maneuvers. The extra fuel would be used to sustain and regulate the orbit.
The fuel economy is thought to add a 300 kg extra load to the spacecraft, as more space would mean more efficiency in their cargo missions.
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