31 October 2021
Global Times reported that China's 1st vessel to support satellite launches from the sea is expected to be delivered by 2022, following a recent ceremony to mark the start of the ship's construction in the city of Haiyang, East China's Shandong Province. The New-Type Rocket Launch Vessel will be 162.5 m long, 40-m wide, and it is designed to meet the increasing demand for the launch and recovery of China's existing medium- to large-sized solid-propellant rockets and those under development, as well as small- to medium-sized liquid-propellant ones, the Global Times learned from project insiders on 31 October. The past sea launches were conducted from a modified barge.
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