|Prei Dy |||May 01, 2017 06:26 PM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images) China's Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket has arrived at the launch site in Wenchang, Hainan Province.
China's Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket arrived at the launch base in Hainan, south China, on Sunday.
The carrier rocket left Tianjin on April 24 and sailed 1,670 nautical miles to arrive at Wenchang, Hainan Province. The rocket is scheduled to send the Shijian-18 communication satellite into the Earth's orbit this June.
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The Long March 5 has a payload capacity of 25 tons in low-Earth orbit and 14 tons in geostationary orbit. Because of its huge size, netizens have described the rocket as "Chubby-5." The Long March 5 was first launched in November.
Meanwhile, China is also set to launch the first satellite developed by teenagers, dubbed as the Shaoning Xing, in August. The move is part of the country's Teen Satellite Project that aims to encourage the young generation to think about space, STEAM education, and satellite development.
The Shaoning Xing, which also means 'Junior Sat' or 'Youth Sat,' will ride as a secondary payload on the Zangheng-1 mission, also called the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite. It is scheduled to be launched on Aug. 16 aboard the Long March 2D rocket from Jiuquan.
The Zangheng-1 is designed to stay in orbit for five years and monitor the electromagnetic situation of earthquakes with a magnitude record of above six in China and above seven globally. The 730-kilogram satellite will also carry several instruments to detect high-energy particles, plasma, and electric and magnetic fields.
China is also set to launch the Beidou-3M1 and Beidou-3M2 in July; the Beidou-3M3, Beidou-3M4, Zhongxing-6C, and Gaofen-5 in September; four 'Tianyi' satellites, the Beidou-3M5, and Beidou-3M6 in October; the Chang'e-5 in November; and the Beidou-3M7, Beidou-3M8, GaoJing-3 and -4, and Beidou-2G8 in December, according to the Global Times.
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