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A Chinese company is planning to launch a rocket with a reusable booster in 2021. The company is called i-Space, and the rocket is called Hyperbola-2. They’ve already developed and launched another rocket, called Hyperbola.
i-Space, not to be confused with the Japanese company ispace, showed Hyperbola-2 at the 2019 Zhongguancun Forum in Beijing. (Zhongguancun is a technology hub.) Hyperbola-2 will be China’s first reusable rocket.
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Hyperbola-2 is a liquid-propellant rocket using oxygen-methane. According to the company’s VP of Technology, Dong Yanmin, the reusability will reduce the cost of the rocket by 70%. The rocket is 28 meters tall and can deliver 1.9 tonnes of payload to Low-Earth Orbit. Its takeoff weight is 90 tonnes.
i-Space’s Hyperbola-2 rocket will be China’s first reusable rocket. Image Credit: i-Space.
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