Without SpaceX China would have caught up to NASA in 2030 with Long March 9 matching SLS block 2

By 2030, China wants to build the Long March-9 rocket to carry 140 tonnes into low-Earth orbit. This will be almost as powerful as a SpaceX Falcon BFR.

China’s Long March-9 would have a core stage measuring 10 meters (33 feet) in diameter and four side boosters, each with a diameter of five meters.

China is planning its first manned mission to the Moon would be launched in 2031-3. The moon mission will likely use the Long March-9.

China is working on a reusable space rocket, which is expected to have its first flight in 2021.

SpaceX and the USA will keep a lead with the SpaceX Falcon BFR. It will be fully reusable and be able to launch 150 tons into low earth orbit. It should be ready by 2022-2024

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