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Long March 7 Carrier Rocket Set to Launch in June
   2016-06-18 07:34:11    Xinhua      Web Editor: Fei Fei

The Long March-7 carrier rocket is pictured at the launch site in city of Wenchang, south China's Hainan Province, January 27, 2015. [Photo: sina.com.cn]

Final preparations are being made to test the latest-generation of China's carrier rocket program.

The Long March-7 is set to be launched from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan later on this month.

As the closest Chinese launch site to the equator, the Wencheng facility is subject to tropical weather conditions.

Launch engineer Guo Xuewen says the weather is going to be a major factor as to exactly when they'll be able to test the Long March-7.

"We have conducted complete analysis of the meteorological data over the last 10-years. We, of course, also have the latest weather updates which will give us the ability to check on whether adverse conditions, such as high wind circulation, might affect the launch. We're also well-aware of the conditions which might affect the launch in its early stages."

The new Long March-7 rocket is the latest in the Chinese carrier-rocket design.

It's designed to carry a much larger payload, and will be essential in helping establish a stand-alone Chinese space station by 2020.

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