China will conduct five missions with Long March 11 solid-propellant launchers this year, confirming that the fast-response rocket is finally regarded as mature. One of the launches will be from a ship, says Li Hong, the head of China’s main space-launcher builder, Calt, confirming a previously disclosed plan. In an extensive preview of the 2018 launch program, Li makes no mention of a flight by the new Long March 7. And Long March 5B, designed mainly to put a space station into ...

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