1. China tests heavy motor for space rockets

China tests heavy motor for space rockets

Chinese engineers have completed the test ignition of its largest solid-fuel rocket motor in the northwest city of Xian yesterday, state-run China Radio International reported.

By: | Beijing | Published: August 3, 2016 12:58 PM
Chinese engineers have completed the test ignition of its largest solid-fuel rocket motor in the northwest city of Xian yesterday, state-run China Radio International reported. (AP) Chinese engineers have completed the test ignition of its largest solid-fuel rocket motor in the northwest city of Xian yesterday, state-run China Radio International reported. (Representative Image: AP)

China has tested its largest solid-fuel motor that will be used in heavy space rockets for future deep space missions.

Chinese engineers have completed the test ignition of its largest solid-fuel rocket motor in the northwest city of Xian yesterday, state-run China Radio International reported.

With a diameter of three meters, the solid-fuel rocket motor ran for 100 seconds after ignition. The successfully tested technologies will be used in heavy-lift and large rockets for China’s deep-space explorations and manned moon-landings. Solid-fuel rocket engines have a much larger capacity than liquid-fuelled iterations.

The motor is test ahead of China’s plans to launch its largest carrier rocket, the Long March-5, later this year.

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