China is building a new rocket family that includes the Long March 5.
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China Eyes New Rockets for Space Station, Moon Missions

by Leonard David, Space Insider Columnist
Date: 25 October 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET

China is making progress in creating a new line of launchers for advancing its space station plans, as well as bolstering its capability to land robots — and possibly humans — on the moon.

Earlier this year, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation announced it had successfully conducted a 200-second test firing with the Long March 5 rocket’s 120-ton-thrust liquid oxygen (LOX) and kerosene engine. The engine is far more powerful than the 75-ton-thrust engines of the rockets used to launch China’s piloted Shenzhou spacecraft.

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