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China’s successfully completes full 10K hop of 3-engine launch test rocket

China’s yesterday successfully completed a 10K hop lasting six minutes of 3-engine launch test small-scale rocket, lifting off from its Jiuquan spaceport in northwest China.

Developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, the carrier rocket features a 3.8-meter diameter rocket body, powered by three 70-tonne LOX/Methane engines and equipped with a full-size landing buffer system.

The rocket achieved vertical soft landing at a fixed point through take-off, ascent and variable-thrust descent. The test fully verified the rocket’s VTOL configuration, heavy-load landing buffer technology, reusable propulsion technology with high and strong variable thrust, and high-precision landing navigation and control technology.

I have embedded below a video that shows the take-off, parts of the flight, and landing. China hopes to fly a full scale orbital version, with a 4-meter diameter, in 2025.

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2 comments

  • Dick Eagleson

    One has to give credit to the PRC for having its own legacy aerospace apparat follow the trail blazed by SpaceX – something our own legacy aerospace apparat seems singularly unwilling/unable to do.

    This test was sort of a mashup of the Grasshopper-era hop testing SpaceX did a dozen years ago anent Falcon 9 reusability and the more recent hop tests of Starship prototypes. The PRC is not really catching up with SpaceX, thereby, but it is keeping rough pace with a number of U.S.-based NewSpace outfits and – sadly – leaving the U.S. legacy aerospace apparat comparably in the dust.

  • Edward

    Dick Eagleson,
    A major difference between a society that invents its own technology and one that steals it is that the thief does not fall into the “not invented here” trap.

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