A Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket was transferred to the launch pad at Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province on Monday morning, ready for the launch of Tianzhou-1.
Tianzhou-1, China’s first space cargo ship, will blast off between April 20-24, to dock with space lab Tiangong-2 to refuel propellant in orbit, deliver supplies and carry out other space experiments.
The vertical transfer of the rocket started at around 7:30 a.m. BJT on Monday morning, and took about two and a half hours to complete. The Long March-7 rocket was transported to Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in February, and has been assembled and undergone various tests prior to Monday's transfer.
Vertical transportation of Long March-7 Y2. /Photo byChina Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Before the mission, the rocket will be examined and have all of its functions tested, and will be fueled after a final confirmation that it is in a condition to launch.
The completion of the vertical transfer means that Tianzhou-1 is now ready to launch.