China's Xichang launch center to carry out 10 missions by end of March

The Fengyun 2H meteorological satellite, carried by a Long March 3A rocket, is launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)

XICHANG -- Southwest China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center will carry out 10 space launches including the Chang'e 5 lunar probe by the end of March next year, a center official said on Monday.

The center will carry out launch missions twice a month on average, with a minimum interval of five days, said Zhang Xueyu, director of the launch center.

The country on Monday sent its new optical remote-sensing satellite, the Gaofen 13, into orbit from the center, marking the center's first launch since its ground system was upgraded.

To cope with the needs of China's space launches, the center has made great efforts to strengthen sci-tech innovation and shorten project cycles by using domestically developed core technologies, laying the technical foundations for the country's subsequent intensive launch missions.