Credit: CCTV Video News Agency/Inside Outer Space screengrab

China’s Long March-5 Y4 rocket completed a 100-second test for its high thrust hydrogen oxygen engine on Sunday afternoon in Beijing.

Credit: CCTV Video News Agency/Inside Outer Space screengrab

“The experiment went on smoothly. In the next few days we will have thorough analysis of data and careful examination of the product,” said Wang Weibin, Long March-5 deputy chief designer.

“If everything is alright, the engine will be sent to Tianjin for Long March-5 Y4 final assembling, which will carry out the mission of sending probe to the Mars,” Wang added in a CCTV Video News Agency interview.

Credit: CCTV Video News Agency/Inside Outer Space

Red planet probing

The successful test means the engine has met required standard and is ready for final assembling.

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This is the second high thrust hydrogen oxygen engine in China after the successful launch of Long March-5 Y3 rocket in late December of 2019.

China will launch its Mars lander/rover later this year for arrival on the Red Planet in early 2021. A second Mars mission by China in 2028 is slated to rocket back to Earth samples of the planet.

Go to this CCTV Video News Agency report at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KqCF2D-4C8

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