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China starts developing Long March 6 rockets for space mission

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  1. aimarraul

    aimarraul SENIOR MEMBER

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    China starts developing Long March 6 rockets for space mission
    Posted on 07 September 2009 by admin

    BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) — China has started developing the Long March 6 carrier rockets for its space programs, the China National Space Administration announced on its official website.

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    Long March 6 rocket was once named as Long March 5 in previous Zhuhai Airshow

    The Long March 6 rockets will be non-toxic and pollution-free while featuring a number of new technologies used for the first time in China, according to the administration.

    The Long March 6 rockets are expected to be ready for blast off in 2013, it said.

    The rockets will be designed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, developer of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft, from which Chinese aeronauts carried out the country’s first space walk in 2008.

    The payload capacity of the Long March 6 rockets is not revealed. Neither are specific space programs the rockets are to be involved in.

    China aims to set up a simple space lab in 2011 and a manned space station in 2020. It also intends to go further in space and has set its eyes on a moon landing.
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    ITs always good to see more countries making strides in space exploration.
     
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    it's grt to see asian countries like china and doing exceptionally well in the field of
    space exploration.

    i really appreciate it
    kudos to them
     
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    good going. congrats.

    any Chinese friend knows anything about the specific program even though its not released officially?
     
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    Long March 5 Will Have World's Second Largest Carrying Capacity


    by Staff Writers
    Beijing (XNA) Mar 04, 2009


    A Chinese space expert said here on Tuesday that China's Long March 5 large-thrust carrier rocket, currently under development and scheduled to be put into service in 2014, uses less fuel for the same load than any other rocket in the world except Boeing's Delta 4 Heavy.
    The jumbo rocket's "carrying capacity factor" - a key parameter reflecting rocket's performance - was "the world's second largest", said Liang Xiaohong, vice president of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

    The Long March 5's "carrying capacity factor" is 0.0146 while Boeing's Delta 4 Heavy is 0.0175, the world's largest, he said.

    When carrying the same load, a rocket with a higher factor needs less fuel, said Liang, also a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, which opened its annual session on Tuesday.

    With a maximum payload capacity of 25 tonnes, Long March 5 is expected to be able to send lunar rovers, large satellites and space stations into space after 2014.

    Liang said "the rocket is currently China's best with the largest payload among the nation's rocket lineup" and was expected to deliver astronauts onto moon.

    He said last year the first launch of the Long March 5 is most likely to happen in Wenchang of the southernmost island province of Hainan, where a new satellite launch center is under construction.

    The new launch center, scheduled to be put into operation in 2014, is close to the equator and hence save rocket fuel.

    Liang said the development of the carrier rocket would produce a "leap forward" in China's rocket technology, in terms of performance and payload.

    The Chinese government approved the development of the rocket in 2007 following two decades of feasibility study. It will be manufactured at a facility in Tianjin, a coastal city near Beijing.

    China currently employs its self-developed Long March 3 series rocket for most space missions, including delivering the country's first lunar probe Chang'e-1 in October 2007.

    The country's first spacewalk by Zhai Zhigang greatly inspired the nation in September. Earlier reports said the priority for this year is to assemble prototypes of Tiangong-1, an unmanned space module to be put into orbit "as early as the end of 2010," the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft and their carrier rockets.

    Chinese scientists also plan to build a new Long March 2F rocket, which carried the Shenzhou-7 manned spacecraft into space last year.


    Long March 5 Will Have World's Second Largest Carrying Capacity


    Note: Long March 6 rocket was once named as Long March 5 in previous Zhuhai Airshow
     
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