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China launches its seventh space tracking ship

The latest model of ship space tracking, the Yuangwang-7, was released Tuesday after a trial period of 60 days in order to ensure the manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 and other space missions that will begin later this year .

The vessel, designed by China, "marks a new milestone of space tracking technology," said Chinese space authorities said in a statement released today by the official news agency Xinhua.

The Yuangwang-7, whose construction began in October 2014, is 220 meters long, 40 high, it is resistant to typhoons and can transport supplies for a hundred days.

China has developed a fleet of seven ships Yuanwang tracking, which have conducted 70 expeditions and furrowed more than 1.5 million nautical miles in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The first was launched in 1979, adding to similar previous experiences of US, Russia and France.

Beijing expects two astronauts of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft can live in space for 30 days, coupled to the space lab Tiangong-2, which during the weekend reached its launch pad in the Gobi desert (about 1,600 kilometers Beijing), from where it will be launched in mid-September.

The launch of the lab is part of the Chinese program to establish a permanent station around the Earth by 2022.

This year, China will build up a record of 20 missions, among which stands the test of propellant rocket locally made Long March-7 successfully launched on June 25 and destined to be the transport vehicle modules china's future space station.

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