China Goes Heavy

Posted: September 14, 2009 in China, heavy lift, Long March 5

China has broken ground on its newest space launch center. Its lowish latitude gives it significant weight-to-orbit advantages over existing launch sites.
The Hainan Space Satellite Launch Center will be used for launches of the Chinese Long March 5, the new super-heavy launch vehicle capable of putting satellites into geosynchronous orbit, lunar missions, space probes, and heavy satellites.
Having a heavy-lift capability is a space game-changer for the Chinese.

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