Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

China’s Long March-5 booster is being readied for its third flight at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China’s Hainan Province.

Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

Launch date of the carrier rocket, coded as Long March-5 Y3, appears to be December 27th.

The Long March-5 booster is essential for China’s future space station, Moon and Mars exploration plans.

Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

In a posted China Central Television (CCTV) video, Wu Yanhua, deputy head of CNSA reports that engineers and scientists are convinced that all of the work — whether in terms of technology or quality assurance — have been completed

The upcoming third Long March-5 takeoff follows a mishap of this booster-class on July 2, 2017. An intensive investigation was carried out to identify why the rocket failed less than six minutes after liftoff.

Launch site video

Located in south China’s Hainan Province, Wenchang Space Launch Center is the fourth launch site in China, being specially selected for its low latitude.

A China Global Television Network (CGTN) video takes you on a tour of Wenchang. The space center will witness the launch of China’s Long March-5 carrier rocket. In the next few days, the final checks and preparations for the launch will be carried out by the engineers.

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