Future Moon Landing Architecture Outlined

 During a 2020 China Space Conference presentation held in September, china presented a proposed architecture for taking astronauts to and fro the moon. The plans are part of a projected long-term lunar exploration: the presentation detailed infrastructure which involves a modern blastoff vehicle, futuristic spaceship, and a stellar lander. There is also the astral trajectory module and crewed traveling automobile.

 During the presentation, china laid out the project’s profile, which involves distinct launches of spaceships with a crew and an astral touchdown stack. The pair would be expected to meet and berth once in planetary orbit afore plunging to the moon’s surface.  A provision unit would be left behind at the lower astral orbit and meet with an ascent vehicle structured to ferry the crew from the moon’s surface.

 There was limited information given out during the presentation, with the country not giving out any official word on whether there has been any approval on the crewed lunar landing project. Also, they did not disclose the timelines of the program.

 With a new-generation crew space ship which can ferry crew beyond the low Earth orbit running its first test in May this year, there have been many statements from space officials indicating that China may be targeting to ship astronauts to the moon and the initial steps to achieve the fete are underway.

According to Zhou Yanfei, the deputy general designer of the country’s human spaceflight program, a new wave of lunar projects is being initiated globally. The players are gearing to carry out efficient missions to offer more information on the moon and exploit the available resources. He further stated that China would have to depend entirely on its science and technology, to make this possible, dissimilar to other countries. 

 Zhou further stated that the country’s primary goal would be to undertake scientific investigations and technological expositions so as to review means to engineer planetary resources and encourage the republic’s galactic proficiencies.

During the presentation, china builds its model based on a launcher perception that integrates three, five-meter-diameter initial stage cores and clusters of YF-100K engines, which are a better version of the country’s new Long March 5, 6, and 7 launchers YF-100 kerosene engines introduced in 2018.

China is in the process of coming up with a 14th Five Year Plan (2021-2025), which would see the country support a astral touchdown program or a crucial infrastructure like the lander and launch vehicle. The government is currently working on robotic lunar exploration targeting the moon’s south pole.