China to Launch Sea Borne Rocket Carrier—Report

Chinese rocket launch Long March-11 sea rocket carrier may lower the prices of entering in space. The rocket which is called as CX-11 WEY was made under a mutual understanding between a Chinese automobile producer, China Space Foundation and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

The country’s first sea-based rocket launch is lined up for mid 2019 as stated by Jin Xin, the deputy chief commander of the operation at a press conference.

A sea-based launch may have many advantages than a land-based launch. For example, the launch sites are flexible and a reduced danger of repercussions. Use of commercial vehicles for launching also provides opportunities of performing military operations to commercial sectors.

This new launch technology may aid china in providing launch services to its allies who are helping china in its initiatives. Long March-11, with a dimension of length 20.8 meters and a maximum takeoff weight of 57.6 tons is the exceptional rocket which uses solid fuels amongst china’s fleet of NexGen rockets. It has a simple structure which can be launched in relatively short time.

The rocket is capable of carrying about 350kg payload in geosynchronous orbit at 700km altitude and about 700kg in LEO at 200km altitude. It will be mainly used to carry multiple small satellites at a same time into the orbit.

The rocket which made its first flight on September 25 2015 has been used to deploy 25 satellites into the orbit.  Six launches have been made using the vehicle. So far, the performance of the rocket has been good and reliable.

The Chinese are now in pursuit to develop an engine for the modified version of the vehicle. The new modification would greatly increase its capacity to launch up to 1.5 tons of payloads in Geo stationary orbit at 700 km altitude.

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