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ACTA AERONAUTICAET ASTRONAUTICA SINICA ›› 2023, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (10): 28914-028914.doi: 10.7527/S1000-6893.2023.28914

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First flight of SpaceX heavy-lift starship: Enlightenment for aerospace industry in China

Guang MENG1,2, Chang LIU3(), Dongchun YANG3, Chenghong ZHOU4, Hua ZHOU3   

  1. 1.School of Mechanical Engineering,Shanghai Jiaotong University,Shanghai 200240,China
    2.Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology,Shanghai 201109,China
    3.Aerospace System Engineering Shanghai,Shanghai 201109,China
    4.Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology,Beijing 100190,China
  • Received:2023-04-21 Revised:2023-04-21 Accepted:2023-04-21 Online:2023-04-21 Published:2023-04-21
  • Contact: Chang LIU E-mail:liuchanghgd@126.com

Abstract:

The development of reusable launch vehicles is the persistent pursuit of aerospace industry. Although the first flight of the fully reusable SpaceX two-stage heavy-lift starship was successfully launched, the starship was ultimately self-destructed due to the loss of control in the subsequent flight. After reviewing evolutionary design and the first flight experience of the heavy-lift starship, this paper analyzed the application modes of the heavy-lift starship based on the overall scheme, identified the key technologies involved, and summarized its impact on aerospace industry. Finally, the enlightenment and suggestions of the heavy-lift starship’s achievements to China’s aerospace industry are provided.

Key words: heavy-lift starship, aerospace industry in China, SpaceX, first flight

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