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China launches space tracking vessel

Vessel marks a new high for China's space tracking technology, said an official statement

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Publish Date: Jul 12 2016 1:38PM | Updated Date: Jul 12 2016 2:06PM

China launches space tracking vessel

China has launched the Yuanwang-, the new new generation of space tracking ship in Beijing.

 
It will perform maritime tracking of manned spaceflight Shenzhou, after a 60-day trial period.
 
The vessel marks a new high for China's space tracking technology, said an official statement.
 
The construction of the ship started on October 10, 2014. The 220 metre-long, 40 metre-high ship has a displacement of 25,000 tonnes, Xinhua news agency reported. 
 
Capable of resisting strong typhoons, the ship can carry supplies to last for 100 days, the statement said.
 
Shenzhou-11 will carry two astronauts to dock with Tiangong-2, China's second orbiting space lab to be launched later this year. The docking is expected to allow two astronauts to live in space for up to 30 days.