NewLongMarch rocket ready to go
China plans to launch the first of its new generation Long March 7 carrier rockets between Saturday and Wednesday.
The rocket arrived at Wenchang in South China’s Hainan province in May for final assembly and testing, and it was transported upright to the launch pad in a journey that took three hours, according to an announcement by the China Manned Space Engineering Wednesday.
The LongMarch 7 is a medium-sized rocket that uses liquid propellant and is designed to carry up to 13.5 tonnes to low-Earth orbit.
It is expected to become the main carrier for the nation’s space launches, including transporting cargo to the space station that China plans to put into orbit.
This will be the first launch from Wenchang, China’s fourth launch site.
Work began on the launch Office on center in 2009 and was completed in November 2014. It has two launch pads.
It also has eight viewing areas for observers to watch the launches.
And, according to the local tourism department, all the hotels in Wencheng are fully booked until Sunday.
The city can only provide accommodation for 80,000 people and it suggested people without a reservation avoid the maiden launch, as there will be more in the future.
Xue Xiangwen, head of the city’s tourist board, said the eight observation areas covering 45 hectares in total can receive a maximum of 25,300 people at a time.
He reminded observers that safety will come first, and when there is “abnormal sea conditions or slippery roads, the viewing stations will be closed”.
The resort city boasts both mountains and sea, which will provide a spectacular backdrop to the rockets blasting off.
The new generation Long March 7 carrier rocket stands on a launch pad in Wenchang, Hainan province, on Wednesday. The rocket will be launched between Saturday and Wednesday.