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Tianzhou-1 cargo spa (China Daily)

BEIJING, Feb 14 (FAM) – China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft via a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket in April, sources was quoted as saying by Xinhua Monday.

The Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft, which departed from north China’s Tianjin on Feb. 5, arrived at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China’s Hainan Province on Monday for assembly and testing, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

Consisting of a cargo capsule and a propellent capsule, Tianzhou-1, the first cargo spacecraft independently developed by China, has a take-off weight of about 13 tonnes, up to six tonnes of which is payload. It can remain in space on its own for as long as three months.