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CZ-8 (Chang Zheng-8)

CZ-8 (1) [CCTV]

The CZ-8 series of rockets is a modular launch vehicle family to replace the CZ-2, CZ-3 and CZ-4 series.

The vehicle is fueled by Kerosene and LOX and features a 3.35 m core with two YF-100 engines inherited from the CZ-7, augmented with two optional liquid rocket boosters. Stage 2 is a cryogenic stage powered by two YF-75 engines, which is inherited from the CZ-3.

The initial launch site is the new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the Hainan province. The maiden flight is planned for 2020.

Reportedly the stage 1 is modified to be reusable featuring powered vertical landing with deployable landing legs. The YF-100 need to be modified to allow for deep throttling. The strap-ons will stay attached for landing.

Version Strap-On Stage 1 Stage 2
CZ-8 (1) 2 × K-2-1 / YF-100 K-3-1 / 2 × YF-100 H-18 / 2 × YF-75
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
CZ-8 (1) 7600 4500 2500 - - -
No:       Type:             Serial    Date            LS            Payload

 1    1   CZ-8 (1)          Y1        22.12.2020      We LC-201     XJY 7 / Haisi 1 / Tianqi 8 / Yuanguang / ET-SMART-RSS
 3    2   CZ-8 (1)          Y3        20.03.2024      We LC-201     Queqiao 2 / Tiandu 1 / Tiandu 2


Launch sites:

We  = Wenchang Space Launch Center (WSLC), Hainan, China China

F       Failure
P       Partial Failure

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