CHINA has developed a non-toxic and pollution-free engine for its new generation of carrier rockets, making it the second country in the world to harness such technologies.
The 120-ton liquid oxygen/kerosene high-pressure staged combustion cycle engine will provide an effective guarantee for the country's manned space and lunar probe missions, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said.
It is the first kind of high-pressure staged combustion cycle engine for which China has proprietary intellectual property rights, the administration said.
It also makes China the second country in the world, after Russia, to grasp the core technologies for such an engine.Researchers made more than 70 technical breakthroughs in design, manufacture and testing, and obtained nearly 20 national defense scientific and technical achievements along with patent licenses, officials said. They also worked on nearly 50 kinds of new materials.
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