Hainan Space Launch Center

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Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 by

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC), located near Wenchang on the north-east coast of Hainan Island, is a former sub-orbital test center currently under upgrade. It is the fourth and southernmost space vehicle launch facility (spaceport) of the People’s Republic of China. It has been specially selected for its low latitude, which is only 19 degrees north of the equator, which will allow for a substantial increase in payload, necessary for the future manned program, space station and deep space exploration program. Furthermore, it will be capable of launching the new heavy lift Long March 5 booster currently under development.

New launch control center (Google Maps)
New launch control center

Fuel storage and processing (Google Maps)
Fuel storage and processing
New launch pad (Google Maps)
New launch pad

New second launch pad (Google Maps)
New second launch pad
New Vertical Integration Hall (Google Maps)
New Vertical Integration Hall