China announced the idea of ​​a new space rocket, but the video introduced the Starship of SpaceX

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2021-04-27 09:44:05

Last weekend, China celebrated its sixth “National Space Day” in Nanjing, a city in the east of the country. As part of the festival, Chinese aerospace industry officials highlighted the success of the Chang Nga 5 mission of bringing back soil samples from the Moon. At the same time, officials also announced the name of China’s first Mars explorer, Zhurong (or Chuc Dung), is scheduled to land on the Moon next May.

At a booth operated by the country’s leading rocket maker, the China Academy of Launching Technology, also showcased a potential product as a vehicle in Earth’s sub-orbit. Point-to-point sub-orbital. This is a concept in which a vehicle is launched from Earth, enters space under orbit and lands halfway around the earth in less than an hour.

The promotional video was then filmed and shared on China’s Weibo social network, showing two different concepts for achieving suborbital passenger flights, which will likely incorporate a real-world experience in about two decades from now.

Video of Chinese spaceship ideas

But what’s interesting is its first idea, causing many viewers to quickly think of SpaceX’s Starship vehicle. It shows a large vehicle capable of vertical takeoffs and vertical landings.

This concept is notable not only in appearance similar to the Starship – the “exterior” of the shiny rocket, like the stainless steel construction of the Starship – but the first and second stages of separation of the missile are similar together.

Video introduces the concept of Starship “Earth to Earth” by SpaceX in 2017.

Although the Starship was primarily advertised as a vehicle for sending people to the Moon and Mars, SpaceX has also developed a concept of a Point-to-Point vehicle. Specifically, in September 2017, SpaceX first announced the concept of “Earth to Earth”. A video released at the time showed the time in orbit on the Starship train from New York City to Shanghai in just 39 minutes and advertised its ability to “get anywhere on Earth in in less than an hour “.

China’s flight method also takes off and lands vertically like Starship.

The Chinese missile’s “fins” (left) are in the same position as the Starship’s “navigation fins” (right).

China announced the idea of ​​a new space rocket, but the introduction video was similar to SpaceX's Starship - Photo 5.

The first split also strangely coincided with SpaceX’s 2017 video.

And the second point-to-point vehicle concept in a Chinese company video shows a vehicle that can take off horizontally, landing horizontally using some sort of electromagnetic catapult.

Both of the above ideas are part of China’s previously announced plan to develop point-to-point global transportation by 2045. Under the goal of the long-term plan. By this term, the Chinese industry will begin transporting goods globally via sub-orbital flights by 2035 and passenger transport by 2045.

This isn’t the first time China’s space program has been inspired by SpaceX. The country has been following the company that Elon Musk founded from the very beginning, especially with an interest in SpaceX’s plan to reuse its early-stage rockets. During the company’s first launch in 2006, they also came up with the idea of ​​developing a Chinese space spy ship in a secluded area in the ocean, just as SpaceX had chosen. where to develop the Falcon 1 missile prototype.

China announced the idea of ​​a new space rocket, but the introduction video was similar to SpaceX's Starship - Photo 6.

China has “simulated” the development path of the SpaceX rocket from the very beginning.

More recently, in 2019, China’s Truong Chinh 2C missile tested “mesh fins” to control flight direction, similar to the “mesh fin” used in the early stages of the Falcon 9 rocket. China also intends to develop the Truong Chinh 8 missile by having it land on sea platforms, just as the Falcon 9 boosters do. Of course, not only this company, but also other semi-private Chinese companies like LinkSpace and Galactic Energy seem to be mimicking SpaceX’s rocket launch technologies as well.

It is not clear whether China will develop a vehicle like the Starship for interplanetary transport. But if that turns out to be true, many people will not be too surprised. Currently, the country plans to develop a launch device capable of carrying super heavy loads, called the Truong Chinh 9 rocket. And “accidentally”, it also has a design of a three-core boosters. Similar to SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

Refer arstechnica

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