Long March 6
|Function||Small carrier rocket|
|Country of origin||People's Republic of China|
|Diameter||2.25 metres (7 ft 5 in)|
|1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb)|
Long March 6
|Thrust||1,177 kilonewtons (265,000 lbf)|
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 and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, and is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2013.
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.
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.
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