China Is Developing High Thrust Rockets


A Long March-2FT1 Rocket during rollout.

According to Jing Muchun, chief engineer for the carrier rocket system of China’s manned space program, China is developing a new generation of high thrust carrier rockets to support the construction a space station. “The building of a space station requires carrier rockets with greater thrust,” said Muchun, ” as each capsule of the station will weigh about 20 tonnes.”

The Tiangong-1, first experimental space station module, was launched on September 29, 2011, ontop of a Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket. Song Zhengyu, Jing’s deputy, said the Long March-5 and Long March-7, the new generation of carrier rockets, will be ready for testing around 2014. The technologies applied to new generation of rockets, featuring green propellant and digital control, will mature by 2021, and will replace the existing Long March 2, 3 and 4 sequentially.


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Andrea Gini is a content strategy consultant specialized in companies of the space sector. He is founder of Space Safety Magazine, where he held the position of Editor-in-Chief until March 2015. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked in the European Space Agency in the Independent Safety Office, which overviews the utilization of the International Space Station. He previously worked as Software Developer, IT Consultant, and trainer of Java-related technologies. Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in Communication of Science from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.

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