China has achieved a significant milestone in its moon exploration endeavors with the completion of a state-of-the-art test stand for massive rocket engines. Located in Tongchuan, Shaanxi province, this facility now holds the distinction of being Asia's largest testing site for liquid-propellant rocket engines. Strategically constructed in a hillside cut, it effectively channels and directs the intense heat and exhaust generated by the rockets to the remote valley floor below, ensuring safety during testing.
On April 24, the test stand successfully conducted a hot fire test, showcasing its capabilities. The test footage revealed a water deluge system specifically designed to cool the exhaust and mitigate sound pressure levels. The visuals captured the impressive sight of scorching rocket exhaust erupting and propelling across the valley floor.
This remarkable test stand has been engineered to handle a basic thrust of 700 tons. As part of China's ambitious plans for lunar missions and the development of super heavy-lift rockets, the country has been diligently working on engines capable of delivering 500 tons of thrust. The completion of this facility represents a major stride in China's liquid rocket engine infrastructure, greatly enhancing its testing capabilities.
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), responsible for the stand's ownership and China's launch vehicle development, affirms the significant impact of this achievement. CASC is currently spearheading the development of the Long March 9 and Long March 10 series launch vehicles, which are intended for use in deep space exploration, crewed lunar missions, and the construction of space infrastructure.
China's dedication to expanding its capabilities in rocket engine technology is unmistakable. With the completion of this impressive test stand, the nation has solidified its position as a major player in the field of space exploration and is poised to take significant strides towards its lunar ambitions.
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