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China will follow SpaceX reusable rockets with Long March 8 first stage reuse around 2021

•, brian wang

It was part of China's endeavors to develop reusable space vehicles, Long Lehao, chief designer of carrier rockets at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, told a space conference in Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang province.

The Long March-8 rocket will have two stages and two boosters: the first stage and boosters are expected to be retrieved through vertical landing, said Long, who is also an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

If successful, the new rocket would provide commercial launch services to customers around the globe, Long said.

Long also introduced the development roadmap for China's space transportation system.

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