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China’s Long March-5B — a modified version of the Long March-5 rocket – has arrived at its launch site in southern China’s Hainan Province.

The rocket’s components were carried by two rocket transportation ships – Yuanwang 21and Yuanwang 22– from Tianjin, a northern coastal municipality and home to the launch vehicle’s manufacturing complexes.

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Those rocket elements spent about a week on the trip to the southernmost island province, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology in Beijing.

The rocket is 53.7 meters long, with a diameter of 5 meters. It will be propelled by liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen and kerosene and will have a liftoff weight of about 849 metric tons.

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Ground drills

According to China Daily, Li Dong, the rocket’s chief designer, said that the craft will be pollution-free and will be the most powerful rocket when it comes to carrying capacity to the low-Earth orbit – it will be capable of placing 22 tons of payloads in such an orbit.

Hao Chun, Director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office, told CCTV Video News Agency: “This maiden flight of the Long March-5B is aimed at testing its functions,” adding that China has planned 12 missions to complete the construction of the country’s space station by 2022.

At the Wenchang Space Launch Center, the booster is set for ground drills with the prototype of the Chinese space station’s core module to verify the launch sequence for the space station.

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After the drills, the Long March-5B will carry out its maiden flight in April to launch the prototype of the country’s new crewed spaceship, said the China Manned Space Agency.



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