China's tracking ship Yuanwang-7 sails to Indian Ocean

By Yuan QuanLi Guoli

NANJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang-7 is sailing to the Indian Ocean, beginning its first maritime monitoring mission this year.

The ship departed from a port in east China's Jiangsu Province Friday.

To ensure the success of the mission, the crew members were brought together and quarantined before the voyage to prevent COVID-19 infection. They have examined facilities and prepared medical supplies.

As a member of China's new generation of spacecraft tracking ships, Yuanwang-7 has been developed with the latest technologies in shipbuilding, space monitoring, marine meteorology and shipping power.

Since it was put into use in 2016, the ship has completed maritime missions for tracking space lab Tiangong-2, the Chang'e-4 lunar probe and BeiDou satellites.

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