The first launch of a Long March 7 rocket has opened an intensely busy 12-month period for the Chinese space program, with at least four more major missions scheduled for liftoff by mid-2017. Employment of a new upper stage, Yuanzheng 1A, was a key part of the Long March 7 mission, Chinese space officials say. And one of the six loads that the upper stage placed into separate orbits was a scaled prototype of a manned reentry vehicle that will have greater capacity than the current Shenzhou ...

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