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    China's Long March-8

    China is planing to fill a gap in their rocket launch range by introducing the Long March 8.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/20200...241159004.html

    The Long March 8 will improve China's launch capability for sun-synchronous orbit and will also boost the nation's commercial space industry, said Bao Weimin, director of science and technology at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

    "The rocket is expected to fill a gap in our rocket fleet because we don't have a suitable model to send a satellite weighing from 3 to 4.5 metric tons into sun-synchronous orbit. It can also be used for missions to low-Earth and geostationary transfer orbits," he told China Daily in a recent interview on the sidelines of the third session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which held its closing meeting on Wednesday in Beijing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    China is planing to fill a gap in their rocket launch range by introducing the Long March 8.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/20200...241159004.html
    That plan has been replaced by one going for reusable rockets.

    https://www.globalsecurity.org/space...china/cz-8.htm

    Long March 8, appears to have been radically redesigned since it was first described in 2017. It will have a vertically recoverable core first stage and boosters, CALT official Long Lehao said in June 2018. The Long March 8 would feature first stages and boosters that can be landed, recovered and reused following powered descent or parachute landing. Chinese state space industry group CASC saig in May 2018 it will develop a space launcher with a reusable first stage, basing the program on its forthcoming Long March 8.
    From nasaspaceflight forum

    https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/in...179#msg2046179

    Re: CZ-8 – the world's second reusable orbital rocket
    Last edited by selvaarchi; 2020-Oct-03 at 12:44 PM. Reason: adding information from nasaspaveflight forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    That plan has been replaced by one going for reusable rockets.

    https://www.globalsecurity.org/space...china/cz-8.htm



    From nasaspaceflight forum

    https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/in...179#msg2046179
    I'm not really sure what the point of this thread is? Are we supposed to be impressed that China is yet again 'borrowing inspiration' from a competitor?
    Last edited by Garrison; 2020-Oct-03 at 08:50 PM.

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    I wish they had gone the flyback route—it would have been nice to see.

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    1st customer for the Long March-8 is the Ethiopian Space Science & Technology Institute (ESSTI)

    https://africanews.space/essti-confi...inese-partner/

    The Ethiopian Space Science & Technology Institute (ESSTI) has confirmed launch details of its ET-SMART-RSS nanosatellite scheduled for launch on 20 December 2020 onboard a Chinese rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center in Hainan Province of China, according to a recent disclosure to Space in Africa by ESSTI’s Deputy Director General, Dr Yeshurun Alemayehu.

    ET-SMART-RSS is a 6U nanosatellite jointly developed by ESSTI and Chinese newspace company Beijing Smart Satellite Technology (SMART).

    The primary mission of the satellite is to provide earth observation services to China and African countries, as well as strengthen collaboration between ESSTI and SMART who have set out to jointly do business in Africa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    I'm not really sure what the point of this thread is? Are we supposed to be impressed that China is yet again 'borrowing inspiration' from a competitor?
    Um, it's space news. On a forum about space news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    I'm not really sure what the point of this thread is? Are we supposed to be impressed that China is yet again 'borrowing inspiration' from a competitor?
    Let's keep this polite. If you think a thread is pointless, than Report it or ignore it.
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