Ground tests were carried out on the YF-100N, China’s first reusable rocket engine, before a recent test flight. Photo: Xian Aerospace Propulsion Institute
Ground tests were carried out on the YF-100N, China’s first reusable rocket engine, before a recent test flight. Photo: Xian Aerospace Propulsion Institute
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Reusable space rocket engine test boosts China’s crewed moon landing ambitions

  • The YF-100N engine can support ‘at least 10 flights’ and has completed its first restart testing, its developer said
  • 21 engines will be used in the Long March 5G, expected to be the most powerful rocket of its kind when it makes its first test flight in 2027

Ground tests were carried out on the YF-100N, China’s first reusable rocket engine, before a recent test flight. Photo: Xian Aerospace Propulsion Institute
Ground tests were carried out on the YF-100N, China’s first reusable rocket engine, before a recent test flight. Photo: Xian Aerospace Propulsion Institute
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