TECH China completes test of vacuum liquid oxygen-methane rocket engine

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China completes test of vacuum liquid oxygen-methane rocket engine

CGTN

08:45, October 21, 2022

The TQ-15A engine during test. (Photo: LandSpace)

China has completed a test of its largest-thrust vacuum liquid oxygen-methane engine, which was designed for use on a commercial rocket, the engine maker said Thursday.

Developed by the Chinese private rocket company LandSpace, the engine, coded TQ-15A, has a vacuum thrust of up to 836 kilonewtons. It will be used as the second-stage main engine for the second batch of the company's ZQ-2 rocket, which can carry a payload of at least 6 tonnes to low-Earth orbit.

The engine operated stably throughout the full-system test, achieving the design goal, the company said.


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