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First-stage rocket engines for China’s crewed lunar missions complete trial

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First-stage rocket engines for China’s crewed lunar missions complete trial

2024-06-14 21:20 Last Updated At:23:07

China on Friday completed a trial run for the first-stage propulsion system of the Long March-10 carrier rocket, marking a key step toward realizing its crewed moon landing goal by 2030.

Conducted at Institute 101 of the Sixth Academy of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) in Beijing, it was the first large-scale system-level ground test of the Long March-10 series that will be used for the country’s future crewed lunar missions, during which many key technologies have been fully verified.

The test run of the propulsion system is equivalent to a launch without takeoff. Three engines of the system started normally, worked stably and shut down on time, and all tested parameters showed no abnormalities.

"The test is basically a comprehensive verification of our first-stage module. It was a complete success, laying a solid foundation for our subsequent research and development and the realization of our entire manned lunar exploration program," said Xu Hongping, an engineer with CASC.

The Long March-10 is a three-and-a-half-stage rocket developed for the purpose of sending manned spacecraft and moon landers into the Earth-moon transfer orbit. It has a total length of about 92 meters, a takeoff weight of over 2180 tonnes, a takeoff thrust of about 2,678 tonnes, and a carrying capacity of no less than 27 tonnes for the Earth-moon transfer orbit. A non-booster configuration of the new rocket is capable of conducting missions for transporting astronauts and cargo to the space station.

"The development of new-generation manned rockets can greatly enhance our country's ability to enter space and help the Chinese land on the moon. In addition, some of its technological breakthroughs can drive the development of our entire aerospace industry and will be a considerable boost to the country's advanced manufacturing sector," said Xu.

According to CASC's development plan, the second trial run for the Long March-10 rocket's first-stage propulsion system will be carried out in the near future to further verify other working conditions.

First-stage rocket engines for China’s crewed lunar missions complete trial

First-stage rocket engines for China’s crewed lunar missions complete trial

First-stage rocket engines for China’s crewed lunar missions complete trial

First-stage rocket engines for China’s crewed lunar missions complete trial

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China extends condolences over deadly landslide in Ethiopia

2024-07-24 17:42 Last Updated At:19:07

China expressed sincere sympathy and deep condolences to Ethiopia over fatalities caused by a deadly landslide, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said on Wednesday.

The landslide occurred on Monday morning at around 10:00 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) in southern Ethiopia's Geze Gofa District. So far, the disaster has killed 229 people.

Regarding the tragedy, Mao said that China will provide relevant help based on the needs of Ethiopia.

"China and Ethiopia are all-weather strategic partners who stand by each other through thick and thin. China expresses sincere sympathy and deep condolences over the deaths due to the recent severe landslide in Ethiopia, which caused heavy casualties and property losses. China is ready to provide assistance within its power in rescue, disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction in accordance to the needs of Ethiopia. We believe that Ethiopian people will overcome difficulties and rebuild their homeland," said Mao.

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