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China, India Plan Launcher Upgrades
RIO DE JANEIRO China and India are working on new boosters, including a heavy-lift version of Long March, that are intended to reduce launch costs, increase reliability and flexibility, and better meet the needs of the marketplace. The Chinese upgrade program will feature systematic introduction of redundant technologies adopted for the new LM-2F manned launcher, which made its maiden launch last year, said Wang Xiaojun, a senior engineer with the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.
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