China has completed a new fire engine test to help power the next generation rocket capable of introducing astronauts to the moon.
“The state-run Xinhua newspaper this month has completed the long-range and bulk engine tests, indicating that it is ready to enter the next phase of sample development,” the state-run Xinhua newspaper this month.
The test assessed key engine technologies, components, and performance, the reliability of the ignition system, and the real-time error check system, according to officials and China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the country. A principal state-owned space contractor who develops a hydrogen-liquid oxygen rocket engine.
China released a white paper in the air earlier this year outlining critical activities for the next five years (2021-2025), including language indicating that the initial removal of the new launch vehicle will occur before the end of the term.
The first test version will be a two-phase rocket capable of sending a next-generation crew spacecraft to China’s Tiangong space station.
The larger, three-phase version – which will incorporate a new engine – will be able to send a larger variant of the next-generation crew spacecraft to the moon almost before the end of the decade.