China has tested the world’s largest, most technically advanced solid-fuel rocket engine for the first time at an aground testing facility in the country’s North West which is four times more powerful than the liquid fuel engine on long March 5 rocket which is the largest launch vehicle in China’s aerospace program.
The rocket has a 3.5 meters wide engine that can generate 500 tonnes of thrust according to the China aerospace science and technology corporation ( CASC)
But what is more interesting is the new even larger version of the engine under development which could produce 1000 tonnes of thrust according to China’s aerospace science and technology corporation (CASC)
The Long March 5 rocket engine has been the largest and the most powerful launch vehicle used by China’s aerospace science and technology corporation (CASC) and was used to launch the core module of China’s space station in April 2021.
China has made many technological breakthroughs of recent and one such breakthrough is the recently cited reports in financial Times that said China had tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile which circled around the world before descending down on its target at March 5 times the speed of speed although it missed the target.
According to the report US intelligence community was surprised and were caught off guard with some US officials wondering how China was able to achieve such a breakthrough at a time when the US was struggling to build and deploy the same technology.
China also sent a rover on the far side of the moon for the first time in human history, landed and operated a rover on Mars, and started building its own space station after it was expelled from the International space station by the US in 2011.
Many analysts are talking of the arms race coming back although the biggest question is whether it would have been avoided. Note: we have entered a decade of great uncertainty ( living dangerously).