Monday, July 20, 2009

China successfully tested a new rocket engine for Long March 5 heavy lift rocket

Long March 5 is a Chinese next-generation heavy lift launch system that is currently under development by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). Currently, six CZ-5 vehicle configurations are planned for different missions, with a maximum payload capacity of 25,000 kg to LEO and 14,000 kg to GTO. The CZ-5 rocket is due to be first launched in 2014 from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan island.

The CZ-5 rockets will be comparable to the Delta IV Heavy, Atlas V, Ariane 5, Angara A5, Proton, and Falcon 9.

Estimate spec:
Height 60.5 metres
Diameter 5.2 metres
Mass 643,000 kilograms
Stages 3
Payload to LEO
25,000 kilograms
Payload to GTO
14,000 kilograms

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