The Chinese space program continues to develop new technologies. In this context, a new solid fuel-powered engine of a large-sized missile was put to the test on Tuesday, October 19th. The test, which lasted 115 seconds, was conducted at a facility near the northern Chinese city of Xi'an.
According to the information given, the new engine was developed by AASPT (Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology). AASPT President Ren Quanbin, in a statement after the test, stated that the trial was successful and all parameters were tested, including a 115-ton thrust for 500 seconds.
Quanbin also said that they are at an advanced international level with regard to large solid fuel engines and announced that the next step will be the development of an engine that produces a thousand tons of thrust.
The new engine, which is in the test phase, has a diameter of 3,5 meters and provides 500 tons of thrust with 150 tons of fuel. According to CASC, this engine has the world's highest thrust with solid fuel. On the other hand, CASC explains that this new engine can also be used with larger missiles, for example for the exploration of the Moon by manned vehicles or for going deep into space.
Meanwhile, it is known that China is currently developing the Long March 9 missile, which does not use solid fuel engines, and another missile to send astronauts to the Moon. In fact, in recent years, China has made major advances in solid-fuel engines and steam-powered missiles. For example, the Long March 11 missile, which can be launched from the sea as well as from the ground, was developed.
In the future, China plans to develop multi-deck liquid-fuel missiles with solid-fuel boosters on the flanks. Currently, missile makers seem more willing to produce liquid-fueled missiles that can be used more than once. Although solid fuel reinforcement sections cannot be controlled during the return to the earth, they provide advantages in terms of ease of construction, cost and production.
Source: China International Radio