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By Deng Xiaoci in Fuzhou Source: Global Times Published: 2020/9/18 22:41:34
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Zhou Yanfei, deputy chief architect of the China manned space program Photo: Deng Xiaoci/GT
China is pressing ahead with the research and development of a crewed heavy-lift carrier rocket, whose launch capability would reach 70 tons to the Low Earth orbit (LEO) and 27 tons to the Lunar Transfer orbit (LTO), according to a tentative roadmap for the country's future moon landing strategy unveiled on Friday by Zhou Yanfei, deputy chief designer of the China manned space program.

None of the existing members of China's Long March carrier rocket family could allow the country to achieve such an ambitious manned moon landing mission, Zhou said during his keynote speech at the China Space Conference on Friday, adding that the development of a new heavy-lift manned carrier rocket is among other challenges in reaching the goal.

The new rocket will be able to carry a manned spaceship and lunar lander into the LTO, and it will feature a modular design to enable flexibility of expansion, Zhou said.

Taking the large scale of the new heavy-lift carrier rocket into consideration, China's space authorities may select the Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China's Hainan Province as a launch site, and could designate the return site on land or at sea.

The current Shenzhou manned spacecraft is designed for LEO missions, so it cannot be tasked with moon landing, Zhou noted, so a new manned lunar lander will be necessary.

Zhou also listed the technical challenges in such a project. The lack of survival experience on an extraterrestrial body adds to the difficulty, he said.

A manned space lab deployed to the moon that is able to support multiple astronauts in their days-long lunar exploration activities is also part of the tentative roadmap.

China has made four successful unmanned probe missions to the moon so far with zero failures, including the Chang'e-4 soft landing on the far side of the moon at the beginning of 2019, the first in human history.

China plans to take another flight to the moon with the Chang'e-5 lunar probe, aiming to bring lunar samples back to Earth. This could be launched before the end of this year, Yu Dengyun, deputy chief architect of China's moon exploration program, said on Friday at the conference, which was held in Fuzhou, East China's Fujian Province.

 

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capability would reach 70 tons to the Low Earth orbit (LEO) and 27 tons to the Lunar Transfer orbit (LTO)
Hmmm...surprisingly not aiming as high as newcomer SpaceX. The Falcon Heavy already does 70 tons LEO nevermind the > 100 for the Heavy's replacement Starship which should fly next year.
 
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Is this new rocket not the Long March 9 already in development?
CZ-9 is not a manned rocket!


China is developing not one but 3 new manned rockets, for both deserving the LEO for the Chinese Space Station (CSS), and beyond!

Check this update:

China's New Manned Space Launchers

Disclosed at the 18 September 2020 Fuzhou China Space Conference.

2 type of space planes, 3 type of manned space rockets.


https://archive.vn/iWWx6/d3cfd86e3776ec1e4d70435bd5b661248b2ff478.jpg ; https://archive.vn/iWWx6/a02d7911359441616bfe9ae8b28b24b64250b12d/scr.png ; http://web.archive.org/web/20200919025112/https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiMDxGVWsAEqk1n?format=jpg&name=4096x4096 ; https://twitter.com/Kaynouky/status/1306896780634750978/photo/1
1. New 7 seaters Yuanzhou manned spacecraft with the addition of several ejection motors and 4 airfins, improved design compared to the previous reentry model flown and returned on May 2020.


https://archive.vn/cofpA/1a40b23e775825f07ed627dfe9385a39175fca8b.jpg ; https://archive.vn/cofpA/c2589c0ac23cff5a04f18d6c9d8360ecbfdf852a/scr.png ; http://web.archive.org/web/20200919025144/https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiMCkqIWAAAaQ8u?format=jpg&name=4096x4096 ; https://twitter.com/Kaynouky/status/1306896767871594498/photo/1
2. The new manned launcher associated with the 7 seaters Yuanzhou spacecraft, in the beyond CSS orbit configuration, made of 3 first stages core boosters powered each by 7 Kerolox YF-100K engines. CZ-9 is confirmed to NOT be a manned launcher.


https://archive.vn/3KefG/cfc3c05df5ce863a8b25506e25be2e6760ffae3b.jpg ; https://archive.vn/3KefG/9f4fdd9dddc03a1b71f580a3d36b8fad729cff47/scr.png ; http://web.archive.org/web/20200919025218/https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiMGLS-WsAEppSS?format=jpg&name=large ; https://twitter.com/Kaynouky/status/1306896794090115073/photo/1
3. Roadmap of China's manned space launcher 2017-2045. By 2045 fully reusable up to 100 times, 99.5% reliable, 12 hours between each flight, vertical take off, horizontal landing.


https://archive.vn/oUbxU/060fbf8e8510eaa61c6df1eedcd90e9be4007c09.jpg ; https://archive.vn/oUbxU/fc9bbdc899ed3f076d02cba6f1dbdff230fcab93/scr.png ; http://web.archive.org/web/20200919025249/https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiGT63DWkAE06W8?format=jpg&name=large ; https://twitter.com/Kaynouky/status/1306488013543944193/photo/1
4. The new manned launcher associated with the 7 seaters Yuanzhou spacecraft, in the CSS orbit configuration made of one first stage core booster, and in the beyond CSS orbit configuration, made of 3 first stages core boosters powered each by 7 Kerolox YF-100K engines.


https://archive.vn/4uab1/360d0acc9cdbb487c282ee505c1e836bd9db9993.jpg ; https://archive.vn/4uab1/0bbd5352bb536f70b51f7e5e35b00cd4c99b53fd/scr.png ; http://web.archive.org/web/20200919025332/https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiGT63JWoAMGjyZ?format=jpg&name=large ; https://twitter.com/Kaynouky/status/1306488013543944193/photo/2
5. The new manned launcher associated with the 7 seaters Yuanzhou spacecraft, in the CSS orbit configuration made of one first stage core booster, and in the beyond CSS orbit configuration, made of 3 first stages core boosters powered each by 7 Kerolox YF-100K engines.


https://archive.vn/mv8sa/08e0db9b6658b154ed20f20fee8add0a010a45fa.jpg ; https://archive.vn/mv8sa/cd83768c2846fcade65eed147decc999cbfe5657/scr.png ; http://web.archive.org/web/20200919025419/https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiGT63qXcAARMsn?format=jpg&name=large ; https://twitter.com/Kaynouky/status/1306488013543944193/photo/3
6. China's third new manned space launcher, made of 5 core boosters, each powered by 4 engines. Core booster diameter is 3.8 meter.






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That is so impressive, leaving all the ethnic Europeans, Rus' included, light years behind! To the point they can't even keep the count right.:omghaha:






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