December 6, 2008
China Launches Hybrid Rocket
China, for the first time, has launched and recovered a hybrid rocket, the University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Bejing says.
The Beihang-2 was fired Friday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu province, with the head of the rocket parachuting to the ground for recovery about 15 minutes later, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported Saturday.
Unlike traditional solid-fuel propulsion systems, a hybrid engine injects a liquid propellant into a tank lined with solid fuel, producing a reaction that creates a hot gas that causes the rocket to move forward as it is expelled.