Rocket Report: China to copy SpaceX’s Super Heavy? Vulcan slips to 2022

Enlarge / During a presentation on Thursday a Chinese space official showcased a new design for the Long March 9 that, umm, resembles a Super Heavy booster. (credit: YouTube)

Welcome to Edition 4.04 of the Rocket Report! About two months ago, we reported on China’s state rocket company releasing a rendering of a spacecraft that looked a lot like SpaceX’s Starship vehicle. Now, a senior Chinese space official says the country is modifying its plans for a very large rocket, the Long March 9. This booster, it turns out, also looks similar to the design of SpaceX’s Super Heavy booster, which will serve as the first stage of Starship.

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