China Plans Trip To Moon, To Launch New Rocket

James Marshall
May 5, 2020

A new large carrier rocket - Long March 5B - is expected to lift off from the Wenchang launch site in the Southern island of Hainan, the China Manned Space Agency said in a statement.

China's burgeoning space program achieved a milestone previous year by landing a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon and has plans to launch a lander and rover on Mars.

China stated Tuesday it would launch a brand new spacecraft at 6pm (1000 GMT), in a take a look at of its ambitions to function a everlasting house station and ship astronauts to the Moon.

A successful maiden flight of the 54-metre Long March 5B would reassure China, following failures of the 7A model in March and 3B model in April.

This is a significant mission for China's space program, and an interesting comparison point for the ongoing Commercial Crew missions by NASA, which is approaching a major milestone with the first demonstration launch of SpaceX's Commercial Crew spacecraft with astronauts on board on May 27.

Modified on the basis of Long March-5, the new large rocket has a total length of about 53.7 meters, which is as tall as an 18-floor building, and has a 5-meter-diameter core stage and four 3.35-meter-diameter boosters, as well as a 20.5-meter-long and 5.2-meter-diameter fairing.

The U.S., however, has banned most space cooperation with China out of national security concerns, keeping China from participating in the International Space Station and prompting it to gradually develop its own equipment. Designed as the country's strongest carrier rocket, the Long March-5 has a payload capacity of 25 tonnes to low Earth orbit, or 14 tonnes to geostationary transfer orbit, an earlier Xinhua report said.

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