And yet the FH can still take much more payload to LEO and is a lot cheaper while doing so. What is your point with this? You're pointing out the one slight advantage that the LM5 has over the FH while ignoring everything else. Just look at the launch rate of the FH compared to the LM5 and it tells you everything you need to know.The heavy falcon has no high orbit capability at all, and its payload in deep space is similar to that of the CZ5 (a few hundred kilograms difference), because the base height of the 3-meter diameter Falcon 9 is too high. There is no space for a third stage rocket. The third stage of a rocket that cannot be powered by hydrogen and oxygen.
So even SpaceX does not plan to develop Falcon 9/Heavy Falcon. Countless enthusiasts on NSF hope to replace SLS with Heavy Falcon and launch Orion to the Portal Space Station. Just thinking about it. The third stage rocket without hydrogen oxygen power, the heavy falcon, is actually not much stronger than the CZ5.
One big difference. The LM10 is coming out in 2027. By then, Starship might already be flying regularly...The volume of the payload space for heavy falcons is used to hold normal loads (non high-density loads), which is a cargo warehouse with a payload of 8-10 tons. The cargo warehouse of CZ10 has a larger diameter and height than FH. Without the third stage of the rocket, CZ10 (not CZ10A) can transport ultra long and heavy loads to LEO orbit.
So, CASC is developing a stronger and more practical 5-meter rocket body than FH. For rockets with a 3-meter rocket body, the actual future has been given up to the private market. CZ8 is just a means of maintaining cash flow for CASC launch services
That might end up sucking away the market that the private sector is depending on to survive and thrive.CZ8 is just a means of maintaining cash flow for CASC launch services
If true that just seems stupid and shortsighted.The Falcon 9 level reusable rocket is actually not difficult for China Aerospace (CASC), and China Aerospace did not focus on reusable rockets. The reason is actually that it does not have a suitable arrow body and engine.