China to launch first commercial space rocket ‘Jielong-1’ next year

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China’s first rocket for commercial space missions – Jielong-1 (Little dragon) will launch next year, which also mark the accelerated development of China’s commercial space. In addition, rocket re-use technology is expected to be implemented within 2-3 years.

Different from the current Long March series of launch vehicles in China, the rockets used for commercial space launches in China will be named “Dragon Series”.

In the first half of next year, the Jielong No. 1 rocket will carry out its first commercial space launch mission.

According to Tang Yagang, President of China Rocket Company, First Aerospace Science and Technology Group: Dragon Series,we are considering two series, one Jielong series and one Tenglong series. The Jielong series is mainly based on commercial solid carrier rockets, and has low dependence on launch facilities and more flexible.

The Tenglong series is mainly based on liquid carrier rockets, and carrying capacity is relatively large. From the perspective of reducing cost and rail cost, it must be liquid-based.

In addition, China has already completed the preliminary test of rocket re-use technology, and accelerates the follow-up related research and development work.

It is expected that the practical application of this technology can be realized in the next 2-3 years.

Tang Yagang, President of China Rocket Company, First Aerospace Science and Technology Group said that both are of different technical approaches, and the technical routes are all done, including vertical takeoff and landing and horizontal takeoff. “We have accelerated the development of reusable technology, it is expected that the application of this reusable technology of Chinese rockets will be fully materialised in the next two to three years”. Tang added