JIUQUAN, China, July 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Carrying GCL's slogan "Green Energy Comes to Life", Zhuque-2 (ZQ-2 Y2), a methane-fueled rocket built by LandSpace in collaboration with GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. ("GCL", SHE:002506), successfully entered orbit after launch at 9 a.m. (01:00 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
GCL, a leading provider of comprehensive renewable energy services, is one of the main partners helping LandSpace build Zhuque-2, making China the first nation in the world to send a rocket carrier into space powered by liquid methane, a cleaner, cheaper and more powerful fuel ideal for reusable rockets.
LandSpace, through independent research and development, has made a breakthrough in the technology used for Zhuque-2, which has led to significant advances in the application of low-cost liquid-propellant carrier rockets.
As environmental considerations have come to the forefront of rocketry research and development, nations around the world are seeking replacements for carbon-incentive technology as part of efforts to combat climate change. Methane stands out as a new-type, low-carbon alternative to its traditional counterparts in many ways, including lower weight, less space, and optimized maintenance.
The achievement of creating and testing a rocket powered by this green, economically viable and safe propellant, thanks to the strong support of GCL, puts China at the head of the global race. This milestone paves the way for the country's private aerospace industry to develop next-generation high-performance, low-cost, heavy carrier rocket solutions.
A new energy leader that has pioneered renewable innovation to power the global transition to clean energy, GCL's mission aligns with LandSpace's commitment to developing greener, more efficient and cost-effective solutions for global sustainable development.
GCL sees an opportunity for the two parties to pool their technological expertise to drive innovation in the aerospace and renewable energy sectors. The pair will deepen cooperation to unlock the potential of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) to digitize the entire value chain of the aerospace industry.
Dedicated to integrating renewable energy into daily life, GCL is one of the main forces driving the digital transformation of the energy industry and innovation in electric mobility. To help China and beyond accelerate towards low-carbon targets, the company has established multiple zero-carbon industrial parks and smart cities.
GCL is now maximizing the potential of renewable energy sources by building wind and solar farms in desert regions, providing significant environmental and economic benefits to residents living in the surrounding areas. Meanwhile, the company's participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has expedited the construction of new energy infrastructure worldwide, decarbonizing and boosting the economy of the regions where it operates.
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