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Meet the Long March 8

19 Jan 2020, 23:31 UTC
Meet the Long March 8
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Long March 8 (Credit: CCTV 13)

Riddle me this: what has grid fins, lands on an offshore platform and honors a famous military retreat?

If you said SpaceX’s Falcon 9, you’d be wrong.

Meet the China’s latest launch vehicle, the Long March 8. Set for a flight test later this year, the rocket is that nation’s attempt to reuse a first stage booster.

I had trouble embedding the report, but here’s a link to it that includes an animation of the descent and landing. https://www.weibo.com/tv/v/Iq2C4AEhH?fid=1034:4462065528799258

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