China tests gigantic futuristic rocket to enable deep space exploration
China has just completed testing a solid rocket motor, adding another way to propel its rockets into space.
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First reported by Space, the rocket made its maiden flight from a launch site near the northern Chinese city of Xi’an, firing for 115 seconds. The engine was developed by the Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology (AASPT), which is part of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the country’s leading space entrepreneur.
The entire engine has a diameter of 11.48 feet and is capable of a maximum thrust of 100,000 pound-force or approximately 500 tons. To power this, the engine requires 330,000 pounds or 150 tons of solid fuel. CASC claims it is the most powerful rocket engine with the greatest thrust ever.
The engine features several advanced technologies, including a high-performance composite fiber shell, integral cast-iron combustion chamber, and oversized nozzle, making it one of the most high-tech rocket engines on the planet. .
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Ren Quanbin, president of AASPT, said in a statement, âThe tests are very successful. We tested all parameters including the 500 ton thrust which worked 115 seconds. We are internationally advanced in the field of large solid rocket motors. Then we will develop a solid 1000 ton rocket motor to provide stronger thrust for Chinese carrier rockets in the future. “
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The rocket engine is expected to be used with heavy lift rockets for missions such as crewed moon landings and deeper space exploration. Even though China’s existing rocket lineup is by no means left out (like Long March 9 and Long March 11).
However, the newly developed engine could be added to existing launchers to allow them to produce additional thrust. It is also expected to be implemented by CASC’s commercial spin-off company, China Rocket, for the launch of commercial satellites.
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