China's Long March rockets complete 300 launches

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It took 37 years for the Long March rockets to complete the first 200 launches, 7.5 years to complete the second 200 launches, and only about four years to accomplish the final 200, with the average number of launches per year increasing from 2.7 to 13.3 and then to 23.5.

"This is a milestone for China's space industry development," said Wu Yansheng, board chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

"Intensive launches have become normal in China, indicating the rapid development of the space industry, the progress of science and technology and the enhancement of national strength," said Shang Zhi, director of the Space Department of the CASC.

XICHANG, March 10 (Xinhua) -- With a Long March-3B rocket putting a new communication satellite into orbit on Sunday, China's Long March carrier rocket series completed 200 launches, having sent more than 2000 spacecraft into space since 1970.

The Long March carrier rocket series, developed by CASC, are responsible for about 96.4 percent of all the launch missions in China.