China’s fourth space center to be completed by 2015
Chinaâ€™s fourth space center, Wenchang, will be put into service between 2014 and 2015, not in 2013 as it was previously announced, the CCTV channel reported on Tuesday.
Located in a forest of coconut palms on the northeast coast of the Hainan tropical island, Wenchang will be the countryâ€™s first low-latitude space center. Its latitude of only 19 degrees north of the equator will contribute to lower fuel consumption and maximum payload.
â€œThe construction of the fourth space center, Wenchang, is ongoing. Chinaâ€™s first low-latitude space center will be commissioned in 2014-2015,â€ CCTV quoted a local government official as saying.
The life span of a satellite launched from Wenchang will be up to three years longer as more fuel will be saved during a shorter maneuver from the transit orbit to the geosynchronous orbit.
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