24/7 Space News
ROCKET SCIENCE
Next-generation methane rocket to be more powerful
The announcement of the ZQ-3 comes on the heels of a successful launch of LandSpace's ZQ 2 rocket type, the ZQ 2-Y3, which achieved the world's first satellite deployment by a methane-propelled rocket. The ZQ 2-Y3 took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, deploying three experimental satellites into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 460 kilometers.
ADVERTISEMENT
     
Next-generation methane rocket to be more powerful
by Simon Mansfield
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 12, 2023

Beijing-based private space company LandSpace has unveiled the ZQ-3 carrier rocket, a new addition to its lineup that promises significant advancements in rocket technology. The announcement, made by LandSpace's founder and CEO, Zhang Changwu, at a recent news conference at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, details the rocket's design and capabilities, indicating a fresh approach in rocket engineering.

The ZQ-3 rocket, primarily constructed from stainless steel, stands 76.6 meters tall and 4.5 meters wide. When fully fueled, it reaches a staggering weight of nearly 660 metric tons. This design choice for the rocket's propellant tanks, leveraging stainless steel, emphasizes strength, resistance to scorching and corrosion, and cost-effectiveness. Zhang highlighted these features, underscoring the material's suitability for the demanding conditions of space launches.

One of the most notable features of the ZQ-3 is its propulsion system. Powered by LandSpace's own methane engines, the rocket represents a significant shift towards more sustainable and reusable launch technologies. The first stage of the ZQ-3 will be equipped with nine TQ-12B engines, providing the primary thrust for liftoff, while the second stage will utilize a TQ-15B engine. This propulsion strategy not only underscores the creative use of technology by LandSpace but also aligns with the global trend towards environmentally conscious space exploration.

The ZQ-3's liftoff thrust is an impressive 900 tons, capable of transporting spacecraft with a combined weight of 21.3 tons to low-Earth orbit. This capability positions the ZQ-3 as a formidable player in the heavy-lift launch vehicle market. Moreover, the use of methane engines allows for the first stage of the rocket to be reusable, a feature that is increasingly becoming a standard in the industry for reducing costs and improving launch frequency.

Zhang also revealed plans for an imminent recovery test of the rocket's first stage, with the major components for the first prototype expected to be made next year. If the schedule holds, the first prototype of the ZQ-3 is anticipated to be assembled in 2025. This timeline reflects the current pace of innovation and development in the private space sector, particularly in China.

The announcement of the ZQ-3 comes on the heels of a successful launch of LandSpace's ZQ 2 rocket type, the ZQ 2-Y3, which achieved the world's first satellite deployment by a methane-propelled rocket. The ZQ 2-Y3 took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, deploying three experimental satellites into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 460 kilometers. The ZQ 2, as the world's first methane-fueled rocket to reach Earth orbit, holds the distinction of being both the largest and most powerful private rocket in China. It represents an important step in LandSpace's development of methane rocket technology, setting the stage for the upcoming ZQ-3.

Related Links
LandSpace
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters

RELATED CONTENT
The following news reports may link to other Space Media Network websites.
ROCKET SCIENCE
LandSpace's methane-propelled rocket marks another milestone
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 11, 2023
Beijing-based private aerospace company LandSpace has achieved a new milestone with the successful second flight of its methane-propelled carrier rocket, the ZQ 2-Y3. This launch, which took place on Saturday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, marks a significant advancement in China's private space sector and the global shift toward more sustainable space technologies. The ZQ 2-Y3 rocket, the third in the ZQ 2 series, was launched at 7:39 am, successfully deploying three experimental satel ... read more

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ROCKET SCIENCE
French 'Baguette One' rocket project gets funding

NASA's Commercial Partners Continue Progress on New Space Stations

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin headed back into space after accident

NASA: Let's Ketchup on International Space Station Tomato Research

ROCKET SCIENCE
Sierra Space's Dream Chaser New Station Resupply Spacecraft for NASA

Rocket Lab Sets Launch Date for iQPS's 'The Moon God Awakens' Mission

China launches its tallest rocket, Long March 5, carrying Yaogan 41 satellite

Rocket Lab puts Japanese satellite into orbit

ROCKET SCIENCE
A Soliday Before the Holidays Sols 4039-4040

A Rinse and Repeat Kind of Plan: Sols 4035-4036

Watch Your Step: Sols 4037-4038

NASA's Perseverance Rover Deciphers Ancient History of Martian Lake

ROCKET SCIENCE
China's space programme: Five things to know

China's commercial space sector achieves milestones with series of successful launches

Long March rockets mark their 500th spaceflight

CAS Space expands into Guangdong with new rocket engine testing complex

ROCKET SCIENCE
Measuring how space creates jobs and prosperity on Earth

USAGM enlists SES Space and Defense for advanced global satellite Broadcasting

Investor Coalition demands leadership overhaul at Terran Orbital amid CEO controversy

Iridium's New GMDSS Academy to Bolster Safety Training for Maritime Professionals

ROCKET SCIENCE
Apex satellite factory aiming to produce 50 units annually

ESA leads the way towards a Zero Debris future

D-Orbit and TelePIX announce contract for the in-orbit testing of Tetraplex

Leidos completes successful Lonestar Tactical Space Support Vehicle demonstration

ROCKET SCIENCE
Some Icy Exoplanets May Have Habitable Oceans and Geysers

14-inch spacecraft delivers new details about 'hot Jupiters'

Seeing and Believing: 15 Years of Exoplanet Images

NASA's Webb identifies tiniest free-floating brown dwarf

ROCKET SCIENCE
Unwrapping Uranus and its icy moon secrets

Juice burns hard towards first-ever Earth-Moon flyby

Fall into an ice giant's atmosphere

Juno finds Jupiter's winds penetrate in cylindrical layers

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters


ADVERTISEMENT



The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2023 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.