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China's space tracking ship Yuanwang-3 departs for new monitoring missions

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-02-20 18:15

Aerial photo shows China's spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang-3 sailing on the Pacific Ocean, on June 21, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

NANJING -- China's space tracking ship Yuanwang-3 on Saturday set sail for the Pacific Ocean from a port in east China's Jiangsu province for upcoming maritime monitoring missions.

It is the ship's first voyage this year.

Commissioned on May 18, 1995, Yuanwang-3 is a second-generation Chinese space tracking ship. It has undertaken more than 90 maritime tracking and monitoring tasks for spacecraft, including the Shenzhou spaceships, Chang'e lunar probes and BeiDou satellites.

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