Long March 6

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Long March 6
Function Small carrier rocket
Manufacturer CALT
Country of origin  People's Republic of China
Size
Diameter 2.25 metres (7 ft 5 in)
Stages TBC
Capacity
Payload to
SSO
1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb)
Associated rockets
Family Long March
Long March 6
Comparable Falcon 1
Kaituozhe-1
Launch history
Status Development
First flight 2013
First Stage
Engines YF-100
Thrust 1,177 kilonewtons (265,000 lbf)
Fuel kerosene/LOX
Second Stage
Engines unknown
Thrust known
Fuel kerosene/LOX

The Long March 6 (Chinese: 长征系列运载火箭 6) or Chang Zheng 6 as in pinyin, abbreviated LM-6 for export or CZ-6 within China, is a Chinese liquid-fuelled carrier rocket, which is being developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation[1] and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, and is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2013.[2]

As one of the new generation rocket family, the Long March 6 is designed to be a light capacity, "high-speed response" rocket, compensating for the heavy lift Long March 5 and the mid-heavy lift Long March 7 rocket families. It will be capable of placing at least 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of payload into a sun-synchronous orbit.[3][4]

The first stage of the Long March 6 will be derived from the booster rockets being developed for the Long March 5 rocket. It will be powered by a YF-100 engine, which will generate 1,177 kilonewtons or 265,000 pounds-force of thrust from burning kerosene and LOX as rocket fuel and oxidiser.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Development of China's new "Changzheng 6" carrier rocket commences". People's Daily Online. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  2. ^ Li (2009-09-06). "China starts developing Long March 6 carrier rockets for space mission". Xinhua. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  3. ^ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-12/30/content_14354558.htm
  4. ^ a b "ChangZheng 6 (Long March 6) Launch Vehicle". Sino Defence. 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2009-09-06.