At 9 a.m. Monday, the Chinese spacecraft Yuanwang-3 set sail for a new mission.
Since the beginning of the year, the ship has sailed for more than 70 days and carried out three monitoring and surveillance missions, including the launch of the manned mission Shenzhou-14.
“On this trip, we will face practical tests such as long sailing times, major time zone changes, the performance of old equipment, and changing weather conditions in the target area,” said Sun Jiangping, director of the planning department of Yuanwang-3.
“We have made great efforts to strengthen risk control, review test equipment, initiate personnel training, carefully source and fully prepare for the mission,” Sun noted.
“The ship’s crew will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday on board,” Zhang Guanglong, the ship’s human resources manager, told reporters.
The Yuanwang-3 is an in-house designed and manufactured second-generation space tracking vessel, primarily responsible for surveillance and communication missions for rockets, high and low orbit satellites, spacecraft and space stations.
Over the past 20 years he has made over 60 voyages and completed over 100 missions.