””””BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhuanet) -- China is now capable of sending a lunar probe
to the moon with it existing carrier rocket, but it still needs a stronger
carrier rocket to fulfill the mission of both sending a lunar probe to the moon
and enabling it to return to the earth, according to a leading Chinese carrier
rocket scientist for its manned spacecraft program on Saturday.
””””Sources noted that China is thinking of developing a new-generation of
rocket carriers with a much stronger propelling power to fulfill the mission.
””””Huang Chunping, chief commander of the carrier rocket system of China's
manned spacecraft program, said the technology and carrying capacity of the
country's carrier rocket has overtaken the capacities of the first round of
carrier rockets of the US andthe former Soviet Union at a time when they began
probing the moonthree to four decades ago.
””””Huang, a National Committee member of the Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said China's space rocket carrying capacity has
landed itself on the top ranks in the world. So far, the country's Long-March
series of carrier rockets have made 69 launches, and 63 of them were crowned
””””The Long-March 2-F rocket, used to launch the Shenzhou spacecraft, is
capable of fulfilling the mission for a lunar probeprovided that it is installed
with an additional propeller. Enditem