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Space tracking ship

China’s new generation of space tracking ship, the Yuanwang-7, which will perform maritime tracking of manned spaceflight Shenzhou-11, was formally launched on Tuesday after a 60-day trial period. The vessel, designed by China, marks a new high for China’s space tracking technology, said an official statement. The construction of the ship started on October 10, 2014, in Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd. The 220 metre-long, 40 metre-high ship has a displacement of 25,000 tonnes, Xinhua news agency reported. Capable of resisting strong typhoons, the ship can carry supplies to last for 100 days.

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