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Multiple Long March rockets to support China's space station construction
SOURCE: xinhua     UPDATED: 2021-03-05

China will use multiple types of Long March carrier rockets this year to support the construction of its space station, a senior rocket expert said Wednesday.

The Long March 5B rocket will be tasked with transporting the station's core module, the Long March 7 rocket will launch the cargo spacecraft and the Long March 2F will launch the manned spacecraft into space, said Jiang Jie, a rocket expert with China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

China will start the construction of its space station this year, including the launches of the core module, Tianzhou-2 and Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft, as well as Shenzhou-12 and Shenzhou-13 manned spacecraft, said Jiang, who is also a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the country's top political advisory body.