17 thoughts on “Long March 9”

    1. According to the article that wrote about it, they need a few more years to perfect the design.

      But as of the publication date of the article, testing is on-going.

  1. I don’t think re-usability is something they can add on later, but if trying gives them an excuse to make more ridiculous maritime claims for a recovery zone, I’m sure they’ll give it a go.

  2. If Trump had been reelected, and Artemis III was still targeted for 2024, I suspect the Chinese would have continued with the 2025 two-launch scenario, hoping that Artemis III would be delayed a little bit. Now, they can safely relax to the original 2029 plan, secure in the knowledge that the new administration will either bungle Artemis completely, or serenely stand aside for their masters. I like to remember the original Anthony “Buck” Rogers’ enemies in “Armageddon 2419 AD” were called the Hans…

    1. I like to remember the original Anthony “Buck” Rogers’ enemies in “Armageddon 2419 AD” were called the Hans…

      Well there’s nothing better than a Hans-on space program. Sorry, too much coffee.

        1. I suppose if it’s only the Hans we have to deal with, we could call it Hans solo. But then again, I have a bad feeling about that.

  3. Anybody else see the similarity to the US Shuttle project stimulating the creation of the USSR Buran spaceplane?

  4. NASA announced its plan to build the Saturn V on January 10, 1962. The first Saturn V launch took place on November 9, 1967. That’s 5 years, 9 months, and 30 days later (yeah, I know…almost 10 months).

    So how come the Chinese need 9 years? They don’t have any of the constraints NASA did even in the 1960s – including concern for human life.

    Still, if they pull it off, it won’t be good for us.

    1. I think it just shows their priorities. If they need to, they can slap together something quicker, if not, why bother? What’ve they launched, 6 crewed flights to date?

  5. That isn’t the only large rocket they’re developing. The Chinese are also working on the 921 rocket which uses triple 5m diameter parallel stages.

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