Chinese Test Fire Long March-5’s Engines

Long March 5 model
Long March 5 model

Chinese media are reporting the successful ground test of the engines for the Long March-5 booster, which is set or a test flight as early as 2016.

Scientists test-fired the engines of the Long March-5, which uses non-toxic and non-polluting liquefied propellant, on a ground facility to test “coordination and reliability” of the power system, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said.

The Long March-5 will be China’s most powerful satellite launcher, with the capacity to place as much as 25 metric tons into low Earth orbit (LEO) and 14 metric tons into geostationary transfer orbit.

The launcher is also key to China’s efforts to built a multi-module space station in LEO and to return soil samples from the lunar surface.