Andrew Jones of Space News thinks that both versions could come into service (the original LM-9 has been development for quite a while).Take this with a grain of salt but according to a reliable source, Long Lehao's 2021 version of LM-9 was not just "his own take" but a design being pushed for by CALVT (1st design academy of CASC). And there's a high possibility that this design will be the one that will be worked on...View attachment 75405
Wow so soon after the last static test. I'm guessing further hop tests will see the vehicle go higher and higher?From Henri K blog
The Chinese startup Deep Blue Aerospace, founded in 2016, has successfully completed the first "Grasshopper" type test with its Nebula-M launcher. The craft reached an altitude of 10m. The Tonnerre-5 engine with a vacuum thrust of 50kN is reusable and produced in 3D printing.
Space is hard
Isn't this pretty close to LM-7 in spec but with solid boosters instead of liquid