China develops new-generation rockets for upcoming missions
by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) May 17, 2019
China has developed a number of new-generation carrier rockets to take the country's space industry to the next level.
The Long March-7
The rocket is 53.1 meters long with a core-level diameter of 3.35 meters, four 2.25m-diameter boosters and a takeoff weight of 596 tonnes. It has a lift capability of sending 13.5 tonnes of payload to low-Earth orbit, or 5.5 tonnes of payload to sun-synchronous orbit, according to Wang Xiaojun, who is in charge of the Long March-7 rocket system.
It is also China's first digitally designed carrier rocket, meaning no paper blueprint was used throughout the design and production process.
It will greatly enhance China's ability to promote space development and safeguard space security, said Zhang Zhi, chief designer of the rocket.
In addition, the heavy rocket is being designed to facilitate China's lunar missions, including crewed landings.
It can be launched within 24 hours.
China is planning its first sea-launch of satellites carried by a Long March-11 rocket this year.
Source: Xinhua News Agency
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