Beijing: The carrying capacity of Chinese
rockets and their reliability remain low and there is still a
wide gap between China and nations with advanced technologies,
a noted Chinese expert has said as India`s PSLV programme put
into orbit five satellites today.
"Although China`s carrier rocket has made great
achievements in the past 40 years, it is difficult to meet the
demands of future development under the existing technology
and there is still a wide gap between China and countries with
advanced technologies," Long Lehao from the Chinese Academy of
Engineering who specialised in rocket technology said.
He said compared with foreign advanced technology, the
carrying capacity of Chinese rockets is low and reliability is
not high enough.
"The task cycle is too long, the application fields
are small and security is not adequate," he was quoted as
saying by the state run People`s Daily website.
The publication of his comments came as the space
programme of India, regarded as close rival of China`s, placed
five satellites into orbit, visuals of which were shown on the
state-run CCTV news.
India and China, the emerging space powers, are
regarded as close rivals.
While China successfully launched its Chang`e-1
(Chinese goddess of moon) lunar probe in October 2007 as a
first step towards a moon mission, India caught up with its
Chandrayan-1 in 2008.
India is now emerging as major competitor to China to
capture the international market to launch satellites.
ISRO`s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) today
successfully put into orbit five satellites, including one
from Algeria and two nano satellites from Canada and
"It normally takes around six years to develop a new
model of rockets. I think China will succeed in researching
and producing the new generation of carrier rockets and launch
its first test flight in 2015 at the soonest," Long said.
Long also pointed out that China can only use the
carrier rocket once, while the United States can repeatedly
use the same carrier rocket.
"I think China will succeed in researching and
producing the new generation of carrier rockets and launch its
first test flight in 2015 at the soonest," Long said.
In Long`s view, China "woke up earliest but got up
latest" in developing the new generation of carrier rockets.
Admittedly, China broke the monopoly of the west and
has achieved remarkable accomplishments in space technology.