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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.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Technology, reentry
Operator: CASIC
Contractors: CASIC
Equipment: Inflatable heatshield
Propulsion: ?
Power: Batteries
Lifetime: ~1 day
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
RCS-FC-SC 2020-027B 05.05.2020 We LC-101 CZ-5B with XZF-SC

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