Beijing, 23 August 2022 (TDI): China sets its space tracking ship Yuanwang-3 for maritime tracking and monitoring.

Since the beginning of the year, the ship has sailed for more than 70 days. It has completed three sea tracking and monitoring missions including the launch of the Shenzhou-14 crewed mission.

Before the departure, the scientific and technical personnel conducted a comprehensive overhaul and test of the onboard tracking and monitoring equipment. They carried out practical operation drills.

Remarks of Director Yuanwang-3 Planning Department

The Director of Yuanwang-3’s planning department, Sun Jiangping also shared his remarks during the launch. On this voyage, the staff will be faced with practical tests.

These include long sailing time, great changes in time zones, aging equipment performance, and variable weather conditions in the targeted area.

He also mentioned that the crew has made great efforts to strengthen risk control, overhauled the test equipment, and launched personnel training. They are capable of carefully carrying out supplies, and are fully prepared for the mission.

The human resources Director of the ship, Zhang Guanglong further made remarks. He mentioned that the crew will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holidays onboard.

Yuanwang-3 is a domestically designed Chinese ship. It is a second-generation space tracking ship. It is mainly responsible for maritime tracking, monitoring, and communication missions for rockets, high and low orbit satellites, spacecraft, and space stations.

The ship was commissioned on 18 May 1995. In the past 20 years, it has completed more than 60 voyages and has fulfilled more than 100 maritime tracking and monitoring missions.

Recently, it returned to its homeport on 25 July after completing three maritime monitoring missions.