China is preparing a modified rocket to launch into space

China is preparing a modified rocket to launch into space

Models of Chinese missiles of the Long March series

The first stage of the two-stage Long March-8 launch vehicle will be reusable in the future thanks to thrust control technology.

China plans to launch a new version of the Long March-8 launch vehicle (Long March-8) from late February to early March 2022. This is reported Interfax-Ucaina referring to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) on Saturday, January 22.

“The new Long March 8 launch vehicle will make its maiden flight in the first quarter of this year,” the CASC said in a statement.

It is noted that two accelerators were removed from it to test the rocket in a new configuration.

The missile was developed by the China Rocket Research Institute (CALT), a subsidiary of CASC. It is capable of launching a payload weighing about 4.5 tons into a sun-synchronous orbit at a height of 700 km.

The first stage of the two-stage Long March 8 launch vehicle is planned to be reusable in the future thanks to thrust control technology similar to that used to land on the floating platform of the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

The first flight of Changzheng-8 was carried out on December 22, 2020 from the launch pad of the Wenchan Cosmodrome on Hainan Island.

Recall that in 2021, China made a record number of space launches – 55. The second place was taken by the United States – 51 launches.

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