01 June 2020
Engineers have begun to develop an upgraded version of the Long March 11 carrier rocket called the Long March 11A, which they said will be wider and taller than the current model and have greater thrust. The new Long March 11A will be able to send 1.5 tons of payload to a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 700 kilometers, nearly four times the Long March 11's capacity to that orbit, designers said.
The new model's design work will be finished before the end of this year, and it is expected to make its maiden flight around 2022, said Jin Xin, Deputy Project Manager of the Long March 11 series.