China to launch Long March-5B rocket into space in 2019

China to launch Long March-5B rocket into space in 2019
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Beijing: China’s heavy lift Long March-5B carrier rocket, which is capable of carrying a payload of 25,000 kg in low earth orbit, will be launched into space in 2019, a top space official has said.
The carrier rocket will undergo testing this month in preparation for the first launch mission, and it will help carry the core module and experimental modules to China’s space station, said a spokesperson of the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO).
China initiated the manned space programme in 1992.
Designed as the country’s strongest carrier rocket, the Long March-5 has a payload capacity of 25 tonnes to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), or 14 tonnes to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
China will select the third batch of astronauts in the first half of this year for its manned space exploration plan.