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China may use an existing rocket to speed up plans for a human Moon mission​

China appears to be accelerating its plans to land on the Moon by 2030 and would use a modified version of an existing rocket to do so.

The chief designer of the Long March family of rockets, Long Lehao, said China could use two modified Long March 5 rockets to accomplish a lunar landing in less than a decade, according to the Hong Kong-based online news site, HK01. He spoke earlier this week at the 35th National Youth Science and Technology Innovation Competition in China. The full video can be found here.
Long Lehao Is an advocate of China's manned moon landing
about“modified Long March 5”···········
well,It is the same name for the rocket that was cancelled in 2013 for the manned moon landing program
but Not the same rocket
This is the composition of the old plan
From left to right,Long March 5A(Loading a manned spacecraft);“heavy rocket or Long March 9”;
Long March 5DY(Moon landing)with six booster,LEO 50T;Moon landing transfer rocket(looks like two TianZhou);Manned spacecraft(base on ShenZhou)。
This plan need three rocket launches······
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and this is new plan,also a rocket named Long March 5DY,But obviously it’s not the same rocket
need two rocket launches
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In fact, it’s hard to say that this rocket is the modified Long March 5.
Long March 5 on the left,On the right is the new rocket,This thing is more like China's heavy falcon
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HELSINKI — China is looking at ways of expanding its space exploration capabilities including through a vehicle similar in appearance to NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter.

A prototype of “Mars surface cruise drone” passed a final acceptance review Aug. 20, the National Space Science Center (NSSC) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announcedWednesday.

The rotorcraft was one of three projects in a technology cultivation program promoted by the NSSC. The vehicle project was led by Bian Chunjiang of the NSSC and features a micro spectrometer.
 

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China to launch Shenzhou-13 manned spaceship on Oct. 16
Source: Xinhua| 2021-10-14 16:05:47

JIUQUAN, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Shenzhou-13 manned spaceship will be launched at 12:23 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, announced the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on Thursday.

The spaceship will take three astronauts -- Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu -- into space for the construction of China's space station, said Lin Xiqiang, deputy director of the CMSA, at a press conference held at the launch center.

The astronauts will stay in space for about six months, the longest ever duration for the Chinese astronauts.

After entering orbit, the spaceship will conduct a fast automated rendezvous and docking with the radial port of the in-orbit space station core module Tianhe, forming a complex with the core module and the cargo crafts Tianzhou-2 and Tianzhou-3. The astronauts aboard Shenzhou-13 will be stationed in the core module for six months, working and living with the same timetable as on Earth, Lin said.

The launch will be carried out with a Long March-2F carrier rocket, which is being filled with propellant, Lin said.


China discloses tasks of Shenzhou-13 crewed space mission
Source: Xinhua| 2021-10-14 18:10:02

JIUQUAN, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- The upcoming Shenzhou-13 crewed space mission will include two or three extravehicular activities, installation of important devices for mechanical arms as well as various sci-tech experiments and applications, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on Thursday.

One of the main objectives of the mission is to test key technologies for assembly and construction of China's space station, such as module transfer supported by the robotic arm and manual remote operation, said Lin Xiqiang, deputy director of the CMSA, at a press conference held at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

The astronauts will perform two or three extravehicular activities during the mission to install the dual-arm connector, the device to link the big and small mechanical arms, as well as suspension device, Lin said.

The mission will further verify the health, living and working support technologies for astronauts' six-month stay in orbit, he said.

The astronauts will also carry out sci-tech experiments and applications in fields such as space medicine and micro-gravity physics, as well as diversified public science education activities, he said.

The mission will achieve a comprehensive assessment of the functional performance of various project systems for carrying out space station tasks and the compatibility between systems, he added.

The Shenzhou-13 crewed spaceship will be launched at 12:23 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
 

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View: https://twitter.com/AJ_FI/status/1448610061031518208


A Long March 2D launched from Taiyuan at 1051 UTC today, carrying 11 satellites into orbit including the 太阳Hα光 (CHASE) solar observation satellite. It is also the first time the CZ-2D has used grid fins.



China launches first solar exploration satellite
Source: Xinhua| 2021-10-14 19:24:13

TAIYUAN, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- China sent its first solar exploration satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province at 6:51 p.m. Thursday (Beijing Time).

The satellite was launched aboard a Long March-2D rocket and entered its planned orbit successfully.

Ten small satellites including an orbital atmospheric density detection experimental satellite and a commercial meteorological detection constellation experimental satellite were also sent into space using the same carrier rocket.

It was the 391st flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.
 

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Apparently they tested a 1,000,000lb thrust solid motor recently.

"The development of the 500-ton thrust solid engine has entered the engineering application stage, while the landmark test opened up a key technology link for the development of China's 1,000-ton solid thrust engine, the academy said in a statement sent to the Global Times."


Not sure why they think it's a "world record" as it's like, maybe 8th in the world? Also interesting that they're going the route of using large solid boosters.
 

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