post pics of LM9New version of Long March 9
After feasibility study and debates of almost 3 decades, the latest configuration of Long March 9 was finally confirmed by officials on China Space Day yesterday
Function: Super-heavy launch vehicle
Three stage configuration for deep space missions:
Non-reusable: LTO 50 t
First stage reusable: LTO 35 t
Two stage configuration for LEO missions:
Non-reusable: LEO 150 t
First stage reusable: LEO 100 t
Fully reusable: LEO 80 t
First & second stage will be powered by 200 t full flow staged combustion cycle LOX/CH4 engines
Third stage will be powered by LOX/H2 engines
First flight: 2033
A crewed lunar landing around 2030 by two Long March 10 rockets was reaffirmed.
Possible launch schedule:Q: Is it possible for China to make a crewed lunar landing before 2030?
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China to realize manned lunar landing by 2030
JIUQUAN, May 29 (Xinhua) -- China plans to realize manned lunar landing by 2030, announced the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) at a press conference Monday.
Lin Xiqiang, deputy director of the CMSA, said at the conference that China has recently initiated the lunar landing phase of its manned lunar exploration program.
The overall goal is to achieve China's first manned landing on the moon by 2030 and carry out lunar scientific exploration and related technological experiments, he added.
According to Lin, the goal also includes mastering the key technologies such as Earth-moon manned roundtrip, lunar surface short-term stay, human-robot joint exploration, accomplishing multiple tasks of landing, roving, sampling, researching, returning, and forming an independent capability of manned lunar exploration.
China's manned lunar landing will promote the leapfrog development of manned space technology from near-Earth to deep space, deepen human understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon and the solar system, and contribute Chinese wisdom to the development of lunar science, he said.
The CMSA has carried out various research and development work to achieve the goal on the basis of preliminary key technology research and program demonstration, including the research and development of the new-generation manned launch vehicle Long March-10, new-generation manned spaceship, lunar lander and lunar landing suits, as well as the building and testing of a new launch site, facilities and equipment.
The CMSA will release announcements later to solicit proposals for scientific payloads and manned lunar rover, and for names of new-generation manned spaceship and lunar lander, according to Lin.
The lunar landing module is about 26 t and will be launched by Long March 10.According to Chinese state media, one of the two planned rockets (Long March 10) will carry the spacecraft that will land on the moon’s surface and the other will transport the astronauts.
Both the rockets will enter the moon’s orbit and after a successful docking the Chinese astronauts will enter the lunar lander to descend onto the moon’s surface, state media reported on Wednesday, quoting a China Manned Space Agency engineer.
The twin-rocket plan would overcome China’s longstanding technological hurdle of developing a heavy-duty rocket powerful enough to send both astronauts and a moon lander probe into space.
After Chinese astronauts have completed their scientific tasks and collected samples from the moon, the lander will transport the astronauts back to the orbiting spacecraft, on which they will then return to Earth, said Zhang Hailian, deputy chief engineer at the China Manned Space Office.
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