China's New Medium-Lift Rocket Long March 8 Makes Maiden Flight Carrying 5 Satellites

China plans to develop its Vertical Takeoff and Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle by 2025.

China's New Medium-Lift Rocket Long March 8 Makes Maiden Flight Carrying 5 Satellites

China plans to develop reusable rockets under the Long March 8 series in the coming years

Highlights
  • China will develop its first VTVL vehicle around 2025
  • Long March 9 Y-1 launch wrapped a hectic year for China's space programme
  • Earlier this month, China brought back rocks and soil from the moon

A new Chinese carrier rocket made its first flight on Tuesday under a long-term plan to develop reusable launch vehicles aimed at reducing mission costs and speed up launch schedules for commercial clients.

The medium-lift Long March 8 Y-1 blasted off at 12:37pm (10:07am IST) from the southern Chinese island of Hainan carrying five satellites, state media reported.

China plans to develop reusable rockets under the Long March 8 series in the coming years, similar to the Falcon range already produced by U.S. private aerospace firm SpaceX.

State media did not say if the Long March 8 Y-1 itself was reusable, but future variants are expected to be capable of vertical takeoff and vertical landing (VTVL), allowing them to be used for more than one launch.

China will develop its first VTVL vehicle around 2025, an official at the China Aerospace Science and Technology, the country's main space contractor, told a local conference in November.

The Long March 9 Y-1 launch wrapped up a hectic year for China's space programme.

Earlier this month, China brought back rocks and soil from the moon in the first lunar sample retrieval since 1976. In July, China launched its first independent mission to Mars.

Around 2022, China aims to complete a multi-module, inhabited space station.

By 2045, it hopes to establish a programme operating thousands of flights a year and carrying tens of thousands of tonnes of cargo and passengers.

© Thomson Reuters 2020


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