China Targets 2030 Long March 9 Super Heavy Rocket

China will try to make what looks like a copy of the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship but with some solid rocket motor side boosters. The maiden flight is scheduled by 2030. They will then try to make the CZ-9 reusable.

If China flies a super-heavy rocket and makes it fully and rapidly reusable then they might only be 10 years behind SpaceX.

China is targeting 140 tons of payload per launch.

The SpaceX Super Heavy Starship rendering is shown below. SpaceX has an initial goal of about 110 tons of payload to orbit.

SOURCES – Larry Teds, SpaceX
Written by Brian Wang,