RCS-FC-SC (before inflation) [CASIC]
RCS-FC-SC (inflated) [CASIC]
The RCS-FC-SC (Rouxing Chongqi Shihuowu Fanhui Cang - Shiyan Cang, "Flexible Inflatable Cargo Return Module - Test Module") was a Chinese recovery test of a capsule with an inflatable heat shield designed and built by CASIC.
RCS-FC-SC is a small spacecraft of 1.0 m × 1.5 m size. The experiment was mounted on the rear of the XZF-SC service module. For reentry it inflated a 3 m conical heat shield, which also was to decelerate the capsule for landing, so no parachute was needed.
The satellite was launched as a secondary payload on the maiden CZ-5B rocket. It was deployed after reaching low earth orbit. Reentry took place on the following day for a landing in the desert near Jiuquan. It was announced, that the reentry experiment failed.
|Type / Application:||Technology, reentry|
|RCS-FC-SC||2020-027B||05.05.2020||We LC-101||CZ-5B||with XZF-SC|