March 16, 2020, 1:34 p.m. - March 16, 2020, 1:34 p.m.
This is the first flight of the Long March 7A which is a new configuration of the Long March 7 launch vehicle. The difference is that 7A variant includes an additional third stage, allowing the rocket to perform GTO launches. This is also the first mission out of Wenchang cosmodrome in 2020.
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.INFO WIKI