Long March 5B rocket launch Success

China’s first Long March 5B rocket launches on crew capsule test flight

Flying without astronauts on a demonstration flight in Earth orbit, a test model of a next-generation Chinese crew capsule lifted off Tuesday on top of a heavy-lift Long March 5B rocket, the same launcher configuration that will loft segments of China’s planned space station.

The LM-5B rocket has the biggest boost power in the Long March series. It can deliver no less than 22 tons of payload at a time to low-earth orbits (LEO). It’s main focus will be a 200 to 400 kilometer orbit near Earth.