Reentry module aboard Long March-7 retrieved
Added On June 28, 2016
A reentry module aboard carrier rocket Long March-7 has been successfully recovered.
Scientists say the move has paved the way for technological breakthroughs in China's future manned spacecraft.
The reentry module, which was launched on Saturday, landed in a desert in northwest China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sunday.
Before its landing, the reentry module, weighing about 2,600 kilograms, spent about 20 hours in orbit.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): CHEN JUN, reentry module's recovery team
"Today's landing is very successful. The module landed at the exact site we expected. We are very satisfied."
Officials say the success lays a solid foundation for technological breakthroughs in designing future manned spacecraft. The recovery also means the Long March-7 has fulfilled all the objectives of its maiden flight.
As China's new generation of carrier rocket, Long March-7 was launched from the Wenchang space launch center in south China's Hainan Province.
The launch is the first at the Wenchang site, and the 230th of China's Long March carrier rocket family.