Are there missiles that are reusable?

Success for China's reusable missile

For the future of space travel, China is also banking on reuse. The US company SpaceX has demonstrated - recently a bit bumpy with a prototype of the giant Starship rocket - that it should pay off if you land rocket stages in order to use them again later. The Chinese Long March 8 rocket also works according to this modular principle. The 50-meter-high rocket took off on Tuesday on its maiden flight from the Wenchang space center on the southern Chinese island of Hainan. The start originally planned for Sunday had to be postponed due to the weather.

Shortly after take-off, the control center announced that the flight was normal and that the first attempt at take-off had been "a complete success," as state media reported. Five smaller satellites have been brought into exactly the planned orbits.

Up to five tons

The Langer Marsch 8 has a load capacity between 2.8 and 5 tons, depending on the intended orbit. In the future, it should be possible to reuse part of the rocket - such as the boosters or the first rocket stage, which one day after a launch should also land vertically on earth again.

China is pursuing an ambitious space program with missions to the moon and Mars and the construction of its own space station. On Thursday, a moon mission that brought rock from the satellite to earth for the first time in more than four decades ended successfully. After the USA and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, China is only the third space nation to have achieved this. (APA, red, December 22nd, 2020)