September 26, 2023

China’s LandSpace Takes the Lead in Methane-Fueled Rocket Launch, Surpassing SpaceX and Blue Origin

In a groundbreaking achievement, China’s LandSpace has surged ahead of its U.S. counterparts, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, in the race to develop carrier vehicles powered by methane. This cleaner, safer, and more cost-effective propellant has positioned LandSpace at the forefront of the reusable rocket revolution.

Wednesday’s successful launch not only propelled China ahead but also marked a significant milestone for LandSpace as the second private Chinese company to launch a liquid-propellant rocket. This accomplishment follows Beijing Tianbing Technology’s triumphant launch of a kerosene-oxygen rocket in April, demonstrating China’s growing capabilities in developing reusable and refuelable rockets.

The Chinese commercial space industry has witnessed an influx of private firms since 2014, when the government opened doors to private investment in the sector. Among the early and well-funded participants, LandSpace has emerged as a frontrunner.

With this latest achievement, LandSpace’s groundbreaking methane-fueled rocket launch cements its position as a key player in the Chinese space industry. This remarkable milestone not only showcases China’s technological prowess but also sets the stage for fierce competition with established players like SpaceX and Blue Origin.

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