China considers fully reusable heavy-lift rocket: report


China is considering developing a fully reusable Long March 9 megarocket variant in the aftermath SpaceX’s Starship, a media report suggests.

The Long March 9 would use the same fuel (methane-liquid oxygen, or methalox) as SpaceX’s Starship, which is tasked for deep-space missions and NASA’s human moon landings. The two designs share heavy-lift capabilities and fuel types, but beyond that their structure is wildly different. For example, Starship can do in-air flips during landing.


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