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China Keeps COPYING SpaceX With It's NEW Starship Clone!

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A leading member of the Space Race, if you may call it, China has unveiled ambitious plans to cope up with the Westerners as USA has become a trend setter via NASA and SpaceX.
It is hardly a breaking news that China has long adored and envied the tracks of Space X.
Musk has consistently welcomed competition and China is entering the arena with its own brand of reusable orbital rockets.
China has set massive targets to meet in space transport and it plans to meet them using the idea of reusables.
In an interesting turn of events, China seems to have had taken to matching space achievements by them too personally.
China’s first private rocket venture, LinkSpace, has unveiled the design of its New Line 1 launch vehicle which can potentially take down Space X’s Falcon 9 in future.
In a promotional video that went viral on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site, one can see how China plans to achieve suborbital passenger flights in about 20 years from now using two contrasting concepts.
However, the first concept is what has captured interest of space enthusiasts due to its striking similarity to Space X’s Starship vehicle where the video shows a large vehicle that can undertake vertical take off and a vertical landing.
This news broke when China recently celebrated its 6th “National Space Day” in the capital city of Jiangsu province, Nanjing.
The Chinese space officials used the platform to announce the name of the country’s first Mars rover, Zhurong, which is expected to land on Mars next month.
A booth operated by state-owned rocket manufacturer, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), also highlighted the potential for suborbital point-to-point transportation.
This is a concept in which a vehicle launches from Earth, flies into suborbital space, and touches down halfway around the world in less than an hour.
Now this seems to be a rip-off of Space X’s point-to-point transportation concept which it first unveiled in September 2017. A video from that time also showed a Starship flight from New York City to Shanghai in just 39 minutes.
The San Weibo video clip showed a similar concept using a horizontal takeoff horizontal landing vehicle which used some sort of electromagnetic catapult.
Under the country's long-term planning goals, Chinese industry would begin delivering cargo around the globe via suborbital flight by 2035 and passengers by 2045.
Upon revelation of the design and other technical parameters of the New Line 1, the newly proposed launcher’s first stage could comprise of a landing system quite similar to Falcon 9’s booster.

The founder-cum-CEO of LinkSpace, Hu Zhenyu, was quoted saying in an interview that the New Line 1 will be small launch vehicle that is going to be designed for micro and nano satellite launchers and would be able to propel around 440 pounds into Sun Synchronous Orbit of 155 to 342 miles.
The ability to reuse the New Line 1 rocket particularly when it comes to the first stage would drastically reduce the cost of a single orbital launch.
According to Hu, the price for a launch as of now is about 30 million yen which is around 4.5 million dollars.
This price would fall to about 15 million yen (2.25 million dollars) by reusing the first stage of the rocket, which would have an enhanced version as well with increased takeoff weight.
As the New Line 1 has one stage where it is reusable, the company also plans to introduce a second stage that can be reused after landing.

The CEO is optimistic about admitting new stages to his plan book even though it might not be feasible to make it possible in the first variant. However, it might be a possibility for the later versions such as the New Line 2 or New Line 3.

According to credible sources, the New Line 1 launch vehicle’s construction would cost LinkSpace around 300 million yen (45 million dollars) and its first flight was due 2020, a deadline which the company had set in 2017 but has missed.
This was anticipated because the goal itself seemed unrealistic for it is hard to develop the core technology behind these complex systems such as that of a flight control and landing.

Till now, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff’s Blue Origin are the only companies that come to mind when we mention the term ‘reusable rockets’...

And since SpaceX has already had success with adding the recovery of a rocket after an orbital flight to its portfolio, the pressure on other countries’ space corporations is mounting up.

Still, it may take time for the Chinese to break their monopoly in reusable space technology.

However, Hu and his team are hopeful that their venture would attract clients from the industry and plan on performing missions for the Chinese government as well.

Despite of the fact that the Chinese government holds high expectations from private firms, it has stepped up its own gears as well and has shown interest in following Elon’s path by construction of Long March 8, the idea behind which is to add variety to the cou

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