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China presents a rocket similar to SpaceX’s Starship | Digital Trends Spanish

The presentation of a prototype space rocket shown by the president of the Chinese Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) sparked suspicion for its resemblance to Starship, a prototype rocket from SpaceX, Elon’s aerospace company Musk.

The presentation took place during the International Symposium on the prospect of cooperation for human spaceflight and near-Earth orbit, held on February 17 under the auspices of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA also for its acronym in English) and the CALT.

A photograph of SpaceX’s Starship prototype rocket. Photo: Getty Images.

“We investigated a methane-powered manned launch vehicle,” said Wang Xiaojun, showing slides of the rocket, very similar in design to Musk’s Starship.

The Chinese Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology presents a rocket prototype that sparks suspicion for its resemblance to SpaceX's Starship.

The similarities go beyond design, and is that like the SpaceX rocket, the Chinese-made one would also be reusable and would work with a two-stage launch.

Once in orbit, the rocket would separate into two parts: the first would make a vertical landing, while the second would use the flaps on top to stabilize its trajectory and also make a vertical landing.

Despite the apparent similarities between the two rockets, there is one crucial difference: payload capacity. While the Chinese rocket would support just 20 tons, the SpaceX rocket foresees a load capacity of 100 tons and its use in long-term missions, such as those that are expected to start the colonization of Mars.

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