Rocket with Tianzhou-3 freighter transported to launch site

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The Long March-7 carrier rocket carrying the Tianzhou-3 cargo ship was transported vertically to the launch pad at the Wenchang spacecraft launch site in southern China’s Hainan province on Thursday morning, according to China Manned Space. Engineering Office.

The Long March-7 carrier rocket at the Wenchang spacecraft launch site in southern China’s Hainan Province, September 16, 2021. / CGTN

The Long March-7 carrier rocket at the Wenchang spacecraft launch site in southern China’s Hainan Province, September 16, 2021. / CGTN

The whole process took about two hours and 40 minutes and involved some 200 staff.

Shao Yetao, chief designer of the Long March-7 carrier rocket at the Chinese Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, said the carrier rocket has been improved for the new launch mission, especially for its waterproof function. water and moisture, to ensure a smooth launch in adverse weather conditions.

“We performed a complete check of the impermeability of the cryogenic rocket. We increased the efficiency of the test methods, meeting the tightness requirements on all gases and liquids,” said Shao.

Tianzhou-3 and the Long March-7 carrier rocket will undergo final tests before their scheduled launch to the Chinese space station in the coming days.

(CGTN’s Li Qian contributed to this story.)


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