China-Air Show/Carrier Rocket

New Long March rocket series on display at Airshow China

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Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, south China - Nov 6, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Models of new-generation Long March rocket series on display
2. Various of model of Long March-9 carrier rocket on display
3. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Zhang Zhi, chief designer of Long March-9 carrier rocket, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (ending with shot 4):
"The Long March-9 rocket would have a core stage with a diameter of 10 meters, which would double the five-meter core stage of the Long March-5. Length of the Long March-9 has exceeded 100 meters, so it would be the largest carrier rocket of China, and possibly of the world according to currently known planning."
4. Various of Long March-9 rocket model on display
5. Various of rocket models on display, including that of Long March-8
6. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Xiao Yun, chief commander, Changzheng-8 Rocket project, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (ending with shot 7):
"We will realize reuse of the first stage of the Long March-8, so that we will reduce cost of the rocket by 36 percent, and thus greatly cut cost for entering the space."
7. Various of rocket models on display
8. Various of models of micro rocket Smart Dragon No.1
9. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Tang Yagang, president, Chinarocket, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (starting with shot 8, ending with shot 10):
"The Smart Dragon series rockets are designed for the commercial market and thus feature small sizes, speediness, adaptability and low costs. Application development for commercial space flights is aimed to meet needs of the general public. And commercial space flights will have huge market after being related to life of the general public."
10. Various of rocket models on display

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The 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) opened on Tuesday, with models of China's new-generation Changzheng, or Long March rocket series on display in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province.

It is the first public exhibition for the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-9, which is still under development of China.

"The Long March-9 rocket would have a core stage with a diameter of 10 meters, which would double the five-meter core stage of the Long March-5. Length of the Long March-9 has exceeded 100 meters, so it would be the largest carrier rocket of China, and possibly of the world according to currently known planning," said Zhang Zhi, chief designer of Long March-9 rocket with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

China plans to launch the Long March-9 around 2030. The rocket would be able to carry a payload of 140 tonnes into low-Earth orbit, five times that of the Long March-5, the country's largest carrier rocket so far. Its capacity would also reach 50 tonnes for Earth-Moon transfer orbit.

China is also developing a medium space rocket, the Long March-8, which is expected to make its maiden flight in 2020.

With its new modular design and recycling technology, the Long March-8 will have a strong international competitiveness and will enable China to carry payloads of up to 4.5 tonnes into sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 517 km.

"We will realize reuse of the first stage of the Long March-8, so that we will reduce cost of the rocket by 36 percent, and thus greatly cut cost for entering the space," said Xiao Yun, chief commander of the Changzheng-8 Rocket project with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Also on display is the model of micro rocket Smart Dragon No.1, also known as Lightning Dragon No.1, developed by Chinarocket under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The rocket, the first in the Lightning Dragon series, could have a carrying capacity of no less than 150 kilograms and operate on the sun-synchronous orbit.

The rocket is capable of carrying out launch missions consisting of one-rocket-one-satellite and one-rocket-multiple-satellites. The unit loading cost is lower than other similar products in the global market.

"The Smart Dragon series rockets are designed for the commercial market and thus feature small sizes, speediness, adaptability and low costs. Application development for commercial space flights is aimed to meet needs of the general public. And commercial space flights will have huge market after being related to life of the general public," said Tang Yagang, president of Chinarocket.

The Long March rocket series have been launched 284 times, sending more than 400 spacecraft into space.

China has developed more than 10 types of carrier rockets, and more than 400 have gone into space, including more than 60 commercial satellite launches for over 20 countries. The success rate and the orbit injection accuracy are among the world's highest.

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  • ID : 8095068
  • Published : 2018-11-06 19:35
  • Last Modified : 2018-11-06 19:35:35
  • Location : Guangdong,China
  • Category : science and technology
  • Duration : 2'12
  • Audio Language : Chinese/Nats/Part Mute
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 1
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