SpaceX is a role model for everyone when it comes to rocket construction and recycling. The Chinese government and private companies see great potential in this technology, so, as usual, they intend to reproduce it also at home.
The private company LinkSpace Aerospace Technology Group has just announced the successful launch and landing of the RLV-T5 rocket. During the experiment, it rose about 300 meters above the surface of the platform and landed beautifully. Although it is not as big and advanced rocket as Falcon from SpaceX, you have to start somewhere.
The Chinese already have plans to test a larger rocket called RLV-T6. It is to rise to a height of 1 kilometer. Its subsequent modifications should ultimately allow carrying loads of 200 kilograms to low Earth orbit, up to a height of 500 kilometers. It is true that this is not competition for SpaceX, but engineers from the Middle Kingdom will not stop there.
Chinese space start-ups like LinkSpace are taking their first steps towards a new business model: sending tiny, inexpensive satellites into orbit at affordable prices https://t.co/8LVAWf4CLm pic.twitter.com/PxkKsFsi1r
The government is planning to build a massive reusable rocket, larger for Falcon Heavy. It will allow flights to both the Moon and Mars. Mass rocket recycling will significantly reduce the costs of space missions, and hundreds of these are planned by the government over the next decade. Lower costs means more funds for research programs. China is most interested in the rare earths that hide space rocks. It is there, in addition to the moon, missions will be sent in the next decade.
The Chinese also copied the famous graters from SpaceX, i.e. the rocket stabilizers that Falcon are equipped with. Although in vehicles from Elon Musk they are more advanced and perform several functions, in rockets from the Middle Kingdom they are currently used to stabilize the flight of the first stage of the Long March 2C rocket, so that it will never fall on buildings again, as was often the case until now .
Grid fins on the Chinese Long March 2C that launched 3 reconnaissance satellites on Friday. CASC claims they helped more precisely define the 1st stage drop zone & lower chance of damage downrange tech advices. Also a step towards reusable launchers. https://t.co/Uw0R7w5X0i pic.twitter.com/6PfaSSgsJm
But it is not everything. The Chinese have recently carried out a successful launch of the rocket from a platform floating in the waters of the South China Sea. Thus, they became the third country in the world, after the US and Russia, who did it. Losses from lower latitudes will allow them to reduce the costs of space missions and increase the level of security of the population living in the continental area.