Category : Technology
After three years of hard work, finally, the CNSA engineers managed to overcome serious problems with the CZ-5 rocket, the most powerful that has ever been created in the Middle Kingdom. Now it's time for the first flight to the Red Planet.
China has ambitious plans for space exploration, namely, wanting to build bases and mines on the Moon, Mars and asteroids. Several landmark missions have already taken place in the last three years. However, in 2017 the CZ-5 rocket disaster occurred, which allowed such missions to be inaugurated.
This is a thing of the past because engineers have redesigned the turbines in the YF-77 rocket engine and made key vehicle components from other, more durable alloys. A few days ago, the mission of this powerful rocket took place, on board which was an experimental telecommunications satellite called Shijian-20. CNSA reported that the entire mission was successful and the satellite was in the planned GTO orbit.
This means that the Chinese are ready to embark on large missions to the Moon and Mars. Thanks to the CZ-5 rocket, the Chinese Space Agency plans to deliver to the Red Planet the first exploration rover called HX-1 and an advanced orbiter and new rovers to the surface of the Silver Globe as part of the Chang'e mission. But it is not everything. Soon, new modules for the Chinese space station will be launched.
The CZ-5 rocket and subsequent versions will send missions to the largest planets of the solar system. Scientists also want to finally start the era of space mining. To this end, several missions will be associated with asteroids containing valuable raw materials, as well as those that pose a potential threat to our planet.
Interestingly, CNSA announced some time ago that it is considering the flight of research probes on the famous asteroid 99942 Apophis, which exactly on Friday, April 13, 2029, will fly as close to our planet as no other object of such a large diameter. The 330-meter rock will approach us at a distance of only 30 thousand kilometers, which is 12 times closer than the moon is. There are hundreds of telecommunications satellites in this space.