MEDIA-China plans over 40 space launches in 2021 - Global Times

SHANGHAI, Feb 25 (Reuters) -

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-- China plans to conduct more than 40 space launches in 2021 versus 39 launches carried out last year, state-backed newspaper Global Times reported, citing domestic rocket contractor China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC).

-- CASC also said the construction of China’s first space station is a top priority, and parts of the space station will be sent into space this year, according to the Global Times.

-- Another seven commercial launches, open to market users who want to send micro-sized and small satellites into space, are also planned, the Global Times reported, citing CASC.

-- Note: Reuters has not verified this story and does not vouch for its accuracy (Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by Devika Syamnath)