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<BR>A rocket expert said Friday that China has developed a modified model of the
Long March-3B carrier rocket for an upcoming moon landing mission to be
completed by the Chang'e-3 moon orbiter.
<p>The orbiter's structure and size are considerably different than those of its
predecessors, requiring some modifications for its carrier rocket, according to
Liang Xiaohong, Communist Party of China (CPC) chief of the China Academy of
Launch Vehicle Technology.
<p>With its improved design, the modified carrier rocket's reliability has been
increased and its carrying capacity has been boosted by 30 kg, Liang said.
<p>Liang said the new design will allow the Chang'e-3 to take advantage of more
launch windows in comparison to the Chang'e-2.<BR> <BR><a href="http://www.space-travel.com/reports/China_to_use_modified_rocket_for_moon_landing_mission_999.html">http://www.space-travel.com/reports/China_to_use_modified_rocket_for_moon_landing_mission_999.html</a><BR> <BR> <BR>Morris Jones<BR>Sydney<BR> <BR> <BR> </div></body>