Three engines on the first stage in a triangular configuration. Is that a first? The Atlas had three engines, but in a linear configuration.
Tianlong-2 of Space Pioneer at JSLC via weibo Polis城邦工作室
SPACE-PIONEER announces that they recently completed a C round fund raising of several hundreds of millions of Chinese Yuan for the development of Tianlong-3.The press release also mentions they have signed contracts of 10 Tianlong-2 launches mp.weixin.qq.com/s/F9muPtZCv1w0…
While SPACE-PIONEER targets 2024 for the first launch of Tianlong-3, they envision being able to launch 30+ times per year starting 2025
Chinese aerospace company #SpacePioneer plans to launch a rocket comparable to SpaceX’s #Falcon9 next year. The two-stage Tianlong-3 rocket is fueled by kerosene-liquid oxygen. It has a #reusable first stage, which uses seven TH-12 engines. Its second stage uses a TH-12V engine.
🔥 SPACE-PIONEER completed a Long duration test of a TH-12 kerolox engine sampled from a batch production
👀 The second Tianlong-2 has been transported from Tianjin to Zhangjiagang for assembling in SPACE-PIONEER's new manufacturing base. Launch planned for 2024
Space Pioneer’s Tianlong-3 rocket, with 7 Tianhuo-12 LOX/kerosene engines on 1st stage, targets a June 2024 maiden flight. It's designed for satellite internet infrastructure, comparable to Falcon 9, with significant payload capacity and reusable engines. https://m.weibo.cn/detail/4965767747734283
🚀 A leaked photo shows SPACE-PIONEER is targeting next June for the maiden launch of Tianlong-3, 14t to 500km SSO, from Wenchang commercial launch pad#2, which is still under construction. 2 more launches are planned for September & November from Wenchang & Jiuquan, 11t to 800km
According to the latest interview of Space Pioneer's CEO. They have invested three Tianlong-3 rockets. The first one start to assembly & Maiden flight is still target June 2024. After the maiden flight they plan to build more than 10 TL-3 for the second batch.