SHANGHAI, April 12 (Xinhua) -- China launched a new
space tracking ship on Saturday, expected to serve the Shenzhou VII spacewalk
mission scheduled for autumn, said a spokesman of the maritime space surveying
and controlling operation.
The new space tracking ship was the sister ship of
the Yuanwang-5, which was put into use in September, said the spokesman, adding
the two vessels would play a key role in the Shenzhou VII mission.
The new ship, with a full load displacement tonnage
of 25,000, started construction in April 2006 with adopted advanced technologies
in the fields of space, maritime, meteorology, electronic, mechanics, optics,
telecom and computer sciences.
The ship can resist wind above level 12 and cruise in
any sea areas in the latitude belt between 60 degrees north and 60 degrees
It had an information superhighway platform built via
optical fibers, on which various systems could expand their functions and share
information so as to promptly root out malfunction, the spokesman said.
He said the ship was "sailor-friendly" as a crew
would feel more comfortable during their long stays at sea. Sailors could
benefit from the technologies in reduced vibration and noise and amore advanced