Chinese engineers are proposing a Moon rocket more powerful than the Saturn V of the Apollo missions and matching the payload of NASA’s planned Space Launch System (SLS) Block 2, the unfunded launcher that would put the U.S. back into super-heavy space lift. Drawing up preliminary designs for the giant Long March 9 launcher, Chinese rocket builder CALT has studied configurations remarkably similar to those that NASA considered in looking for the same capability, lifting 130 metric tons ...
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