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Published: 17:57, June 01, 2023 | Updated: 17:59, June 01, 2023
Trial of new test stand completed for large-thrust rocket engine
By Xinhua
Published:17:57, June 01, 2023 Updated:17:59, June 01, 2023 By Xinhua

The Shenzhou XVI manned spaceship, atop a Long March-2F carrier rocket, blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, May 30, 2023. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING - China has completed one more trial of a test stand for large-thrust liquid rocket engines that could power its future crewed lunar missions.

The test stand in Tongchuan, northwest China's Shaanxi province, is now Asia's largest for testing liquid-propellant rocket engines. Designed to support a basic thrust of 700 tonnes, the site conducted a successful engine hot fire test on April 24, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the owner of the stand.

The latest trial marked a substantial improvement in rocket engine testing capabilities, offering support for launch vehicles that will be used in future crewed lunar landings, deep space explorations and space infrastructure construction, said Tan Yonghua, a senior official of the corporation.

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China plans to realize crewed lunar landing by 2030, announced the country's manned space agency ahead of the launch of Shenzhou XVI spaceship earlier this week.

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