05 February 2020
The first Long March 5B carrier rocket arrived at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan province on 5 February for prelaunch preparations. The rocket's components were carried by two rocket transportation ships, the Yuanwang 21 and Yuanwang 22, from Tianjin, a northern coastal municipality and home to the launch vehicle's manufacturing complexes. It spent about a week on the trip to the southernmost island province, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology in Beijing. At the launch center, the rocket will undergo a series ground tests with the Chinese space station's core module to verify the launch sequence for the space station missions. After the drills, it will carry out the debut flight in April to launch the test version of the country's new manned spaceship, said the China Manned Space Agency.
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CGTN footage of the arrival