China Successful Launch of CZ-5 Rocket Equal to World Strongest NowPosted: November 4, 2016
China’s CZ-5 rocket is able to send 25 tons to lower earth orbit (LEO). In SCMP’s report today titled “Launch of China’s most powerful rocket helps Beijing close gap with US”, it quotes James Clay Moltz, a professor at the US Naval Postgraduate School in California, as saying that the rocket will allow China to match the US in operating large-scale, high performance spy satellites and global military communication satellites, as well as attempting to put up a full-sized space station, land humans on the moon or send robotic rovers to Mars.
China seems to have caught up with the US, but SCMP says that the US will soon launch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy with twice stronger power than CZ-5.
China’s official media Global Times says in its report on CZ-5 today that China plans to build an even larger and stronger rocket, the CZ-9, with a diameter of 9 meters (CZ-5 only 5 meters) and length of almost 100 meters able to send 100 tons to LEO with 3,000-ton thrust.
Source: SCMP “Launch of China’s most powerful rocket helps Beijing close gap with US”, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2042760/chinas-most-powerful-rocket-lifts-island-launch-centre
Source: Global Times “China’s CZ-5 equal to world strongest rocket in service, even stronger one will be developed” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)