China launches 20 satellites with one rocket – with a veiled threat that it can also carry 20 nuclear warheads

Launch of China’s new formidable Changzheng VI rocket. Credit: PLA Daily reporter

Launch of China’s new formidable Changzheng VI rocket. Credit: PLA Daily reporter

The following is based on a translation of a report from Chinese media:

China’s top official media CCTV reported in its primetime news that China has successfully launched its new Changzheng VI rocket to send 20 satellites into their orbits.

18 of the 20 satellites had successfully separated from the rocket while the remaining 2 would be separated in one month’s time.

The report says that the rocket, when used to carry an ICBM, will be a formidable weapon.

According to the report, the rocket uses liquid oxygen and kerosene. That enables it to reignite many times to change its trajectory so that no interception is possible.

In addition, it is not assembled on site but is carried to the site as a whole horizontally and erected at the site.

As a result there is no scaffold in its launching site, which means the rocket can be carried on a railway carriage from the tunnel it has been hiding to its launch site, erected there and launched within a very short period of time before it is discovered by the enemy.

The report continues that previously only Russia had the technology to keep liquid fuel in an ICBM without eroding its shell, but now China has now also also mastered such a technology so that the rocket can stay in hiding with fuel stored in it.

There will therefore not be the long duration of time spent in filling it with fuel before it is launched.

That will greatly shorten the time of its launch and make it a formidable weapon because in wartime, because time is everything.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: CCTV “Successful maiden flight of Changzheng VI rocket that sets a record of sending 20 satellites with one rocket” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


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