China Is Developing A Super Rocket More Powerful Than Any US Spacecraft

Posted: Jul 6 2018, 3:40am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 6 2018, 3:44am CDT, in Latest Science News


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China is Developing a Super-Rocket More Powerful Than Any US Spacecraft
Credit: Xinhua

Report says that the Long March-9 rocket will be able to carry 140 metric tons into low-Earth orbit by 2030

In recent years, China has made remarkable strides in terms of space exploration. Since launching its first satellite into space in 1970, the country has conducted a manned space mission and landed a robotic rover on the moon. Most recently Chinese space agency has launched a relay satellite that will facilitate a probe to the far side of the moon. Therefore, it would be no surprise to know that China has big plans for the future as well. According to reports, China is developing a super powerful rocket that would outperform any spacecraft from NASA or SpaceX.

Xinhua news agency cited a senior official from the Chinese Academy of Engineering saying the new spacecraft would be capable of delivering 140 metric tons of payloads into the orbit. By comparison, Europe's Ariane 5 rocket can carry 20 metric tons while Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy has lift capacity of 64 metric tons. NASA’s Space Launch System, which will become operational in 2020, will carry 130 tons of payloads. SLS is the most powerful rocket ever built by NASA and will allow science missions to reach beyond Earth’s orbit.

China’s new rocket, named Long March-9 rocket, would have four powerful boosters and a core stage measuring 33 feet wide. The rocket is expected to launch into space by 2030 and will be used for supporting deep space exploration and sending crewed missions to the moon.

China is pouring billions into space industry and is now among the only three countries capable of carrying out independent manned space missions. The country is also planning to land a rover on Mars by 2020 and having its own space station by 2022.

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