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Old August 30 2013, 08:58 PM   #16
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

It looks like the Chinese did their homework on the CZ-9. From what I've seen they're developing a LOX/RP-1 engine similar to an RD-170 in thrust, and probably performance. Using a large tank diameter and RP-1 gives them performance on par with the SLS in a package that's a hundred feet shorter, giving them a lot of room to launch large payloads like their planned space station, or include both a capsule and a lunar module like Apollo. Adding large kerosene fueled side boosters completes the package, with 11 million pounds of thrust instead of Apollo's 7.5 or the SLS's 9, and of course they're going cryogenic on the upper stages.
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