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China has unveiled a new generation of commercial carrier rockets

China has unveiled a new generation of commercial carrier rockets

On 20th October China unveiled a new generation of commercial carrier rockets which would compete with India. This move by China aims to attract the global space launch market.

Key Points:

  • A Tenglong liquid-propellant rocket was unveiled by the China Rocket which is a commercial space wing of China's leading rocket-maker China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.
  • These rockets have been designed in such a way that they carry up to 1.5 tonnes of payload.
  • China's new rocket series comprises a cluster of solid-fuelled rockets code-named the Smart Dragon (SD) family. This set of rockets are developed with an aim to tap the growing potential of domestic and global commercial space launches.
  • The Tenglong rocket has been planned to make its first flight in 2021. The Long series has been designed to meet the increasing market demand for sending commercial payloads into orbit both at home and abroad.
  • This Smart Dragon rocket family is made up of the SD-1, SD-2, and SD-3 launch vehicles.
  • On 17th August 2019, the first model of the SD family, the SD-1, completed its first flight.

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