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The LM-2F, which is mainly used for manned space flight missions, was developed from the LM-2E launch vehicle, which in turn was based on the proven flight technology of the LM-2C launch vehicle. Conceptual design of the LM-2E launch vehicle began in 1986, and the vehicle was launched on the world launch services market following a successful test flight in July 1990.

On November 20, 1999, a LM-2F vehicle performed the first successful, unmanned, test flight of a Chinese manned space capsule.

On October 15, 2003, Shenzhou 5 successfully accomplished the China's first manned spaceflight. Sept. 25, 2008 saw the successful launch of the Shenzhou 7, and China's first space walk.