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China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 was launched by LM-7 launch vehicle from the Wenchang Space Launch Center at 19:41 p.m. (Beijing time) today.

Tianzhou-1 is the first cargo ship developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). Measuring 10.6 meters in length and up to 3.35 meters in diameter, the tube-like Tianzhou-1 can carry over 6 tons of cargo.

It is expected to operate in orbit at 380 kilometers and then dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab three times and conduct propellant refueling in orbit as well as other space experiments before falling back to earth. Tiangong-2 will remain in orbit and continue its experiments.

The launch of Tianzhou-1 will is a crucial step for China plans for a space station by approximately 2022.

The LM-7 launch vehicle is developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). Fuelled by liquid oxygen and kerosene, the medium-sized launch vehicle t is able to carry cargo spacecraft and satellites with the capability of 13.5 tons to low-Earth orbit. It made its maiden flight June 2016.

The launch mission is the 2nd mission of the Long March7 series launch vehicle and the 247th flight of Long March Family.