China's Yuanwang-3 departs for new missions

Added On June 10, 2019

 China's spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang-3 has set sail for the southern Pacific Ocean to conduct satellite maritime monitoring missions.

The ship kicked off its journey from a port in east China's Jiangsu Province on Saturday.
Yuanwang-3 is the second voyage of the ship this year, and the 52nd sailing since it was launched more than 20 years ago. 
Before this voyage, crew members have analyzed possible difficulties and risks, carried out overall examinations and tests, and received tailored training to ensure the success of the missions. 
Yuanwang-3, China's second-generation space tracking ship, has completed 82 tracking missions from the sea, including maritime tracking of the Shenzhou spacecraft, the Chang'e lunar probe and BeiDou satellites.
China currently has four Yuanwang tracking ships. In May, Yuanwang-7 sailed to the Pacific Ocean and Yuanwang-5 to the Indian Ocean. 
In 2019, the country will have more than 30 space launches, and the Yuanwang fleet will operate for over 700 days at sea.