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China's first solid-fuel rocket 'to launch before 2016'

China's first solid-fuel rocket Long March-11 will launch before 2016, Xinhua News Agency reports.

Liang Xiaohong, deputy head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, said:

"The development of the Long March-11 will greatly improve China's capabilities to rapidly enter the space and meet the emergency launching demand in case of disasters and emergencies".

China's Long-March series of carrier rockets Credit: Twitter/XHNews

The Long March-11 rocket system consists of a solid-fuel rocket and a launching support system

To date, China has launched more than 160 liquid-fuel rockets successfully but is yet to make breakthrough on the development of the solid-fuel rockets.