Seen Off South Africa

Missile-tracking vessel Yuan Wang 7

A clue that China is possibly preparing a new space launch mission is the appearance of the missile-tracking vessel Yuan Wang 7 off the coast of South Africa in late March. The 27,180-gt ship, which was built in 2016, called at the Port of Durban for supplies and bunkers before proceeding to the South Atlantic range off the Namibian coast. Photo courtesy of T. Jones.

By Pacific Maritime