The port city of Ningbo in Zhejiang Province is building a 20 billion yuan ($ 3.05 billion) rocket launch site to meet the growing demand to put satellites into orbit and further develop the commercial aerospace industry group, according to local authorities.
Featured in the recently revealed draft for megaprojects in Zhejiang during the period of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), the launch center will be installed in the coastal city Xiangshan County and will be able to put 100 satellites into orbit every year. at the end.
Downtown Xiangshan, located 30 degrees north of the equator, is suitable for satellite launches, thanks to its convenient transportation and advantageous environment. It is planned to span 67 square kilometers, including a 35-square-kilometer launch site and a 32-square-kilometer industrial space base.
The launch site will consist of a commercial space launch site, an assembly and test center, a docking center, a command and control center, while the industrial base will include a rocket satellite R&D and manufacturing base. and an industrial base of satellite data applications.
The Ningbo municipal government signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with the Shanghai Academy of Space Flight Technology in December last year to jointly build the center in Xiangshan’s Ningbo Aerospace Science and Technology City.
During the last two sessions in Beijing, Dou Xiaoyu, vice president of the China Aerospace Construction Group and deputy of the National People’s Congress, said that the aerospace launch sector in the country will experience a boom in the next five to 10 years and there is a need to establish an exclusive launch center for commercial satellites.
China has three inland rocket launch centers in Jiuquan of Gansu province, Taiyuan of Shanxi province, Xichang of Sichuan province, as well as a coastal rocket launch center in Wenchang of Hainan province.
Source: Xinhua News Agency
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