Aviation Week reporter Bradley Perrett has a fascinating account of a tour that he and an AIAA delegation took of Chinese space facilities a week after NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited the country:
> China is studying a rocket engine with thrusts of 300-500 tons (660,000-1.1 million lb.), up to four times as powerful as its current equipment, while also working on reusable space launchers, senior leaders have told a U.S. industry delegation. > > The pace of Chinese launches is accelerating, says Yang Baohua, president of spacecraft-builder Cast. China has launched 11 satellites this year, has two at their launch sites preparing to go and will follow them with one more, making it 14 for the year. Next year it will launch 20, he says.
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