China Launches Spacecraft via Largest Carrier Rocket

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 6, 2020

Specially developed for China's manned space program, Long March-5B will be mainly used to launch the modules of the space station, it said.

About 488 seconds later, the experimental manned spacecraft with no crew, together with the test version of the cargo return capsule, separated with the rocket and entered the planned orbit.

Li Dong, the rocket's chief designer, said that the craft will be pollution-free and will be the most powerful rocket when it comes to carrying capacity to the low-Earth orbit (LEO) - it will be capable of placing 22 tons (equivalent to the weight of 16 cars) of payload in orbit, the report said. It will be tasked with sending large spacecraft, including modules of the China Space Station (CSS) to low-Earth orbit, the academy said in a statement.

In April US space agency NASA and SpaceX announced the date of May 27 for resuming astronaut launches from the United States.

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All personnel participating in the mission had overcome tremendous difficulties caused by the novel coronavirus epidemic, and the challenges and pressure brought by the recent failures of the Long March-7A and Long March-3B rockets.

"On May 27, NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!"

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. However, this mission didn't include astronauts as it was only a test launch.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company, SpaceX, will send two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from the U.S. state of Florida - marking the company's first mission carrying humans.

The next step is to assemble and operate a permanent manned space station.

China seemed too aggressive into getting their rockets to space and said that this will not be the last one that the government will launch a spacecraft to space.

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