China successfully tests LOX/kerosene engine

China successfully tested its new 120-tonne-thrust Liquid OXygen (LOX) and kerosene engine for its new generation carrier rocket– the Long March-5.

The engine:

· High-performance

· High-pressure staged combustion cycle engine

· Non-toxic

· Pollution-free

· Highly reliable

Powerful than the 75-tonne-thrust engine used in the launch of Shenzhou spacecraft, the institute said.

China comes second after Russia, to use the core technologies for an LOX/kerosene high-pressure staged combustion cycle rocket engine.

Long March-5 expected to make its maiden journey in 2014.

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