A notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued immediately by the Civil Aviation Authorities of the Philippines (CAAP) on Saturday as Beijing launched on Hainan Island province in the South China Sea, a “Long March 7” rocket, powered by kerosene-fuelled burning rocket engines.
According to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesperson Eric Apolonio, that NOTAM B2217/16 effective 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.(Saturday) was issued in view of China’s rocket launch.
“The NOTAM covers an area ranging from approximately 250 kilometers west of Manila Bay to 430 km west of Lingayen gulf,” Apolonio said.
A report from China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, Wang Hongyao, which is the Deputy Chief Commander of the mission said that the launched was a success.
China’s rocket launch was scheduled weeks before The Hague-based international court could issue a verdict on the Philippine case against China.
What is a Long March 7″ rocket?
The Long March 7 or Chang Zheng 7 is a Chinese liquid-fuelled carrier rocket, developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and it is a medium-lift variant of a new generation rocket family. It can lift about 14 tons, and 13.5 tons payload on low earth orbit. The structure will be based on the reliable, man-rated Long March 2F rocket with a 3.35m-diameter core stage and 2.25m-diameter liquid rocket boosters. The Long March 7 engine is powered by LOX/kerosene. – Jason E.