State authorities recently officially approved the Changzheng 6 carrier rocket project, according to China Space News.
Meanwhile, Changzheng 6 carrier rocket development work, undertaken by the 8th Research Institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), has also formally commenced. The first Changzheng 6 carrier rocket is expected to be ready in 2013.
The Changzheng 6 carrier rocket is part of a new generation of non-toxic and pollution-free carrier rockets in China. It adopts many new technologies that are being used in China for the first time and its development is a very difficult task.
Since 2000, CASC's 8th Research Institute has organized scientists and technicians to carry out overall program demonstration and research key technologies for China's new generation of carrier rockets.
In July 2008, China National Aviation Holding Company decided and confirmed that the development of the Changzheng 6 carrier rocket would be undertaken by CASC's 8th Research Institute.
The 8th Research Institute immediately began to organize a development team and comprehensively carried out coordination, demonstration and planning work prior to the approval of the project.
At present, CASC's 8th Research Institute has finished overall program demonstration, determined the planning and arrangement for the entire rocket type development process, elected persons in charge of all systems and essentially confirmed major technological subsystem programs. The research institute is further studying key technologies and developing key single machines.
By People's Dail Online