24/7 Space News
Yan Hongsen's future dreams as 'Rocket Boy'
Yan Hongsen with his cherished rocket model. [Photo/Zhejiang News]
Yan Hongsen's future dreams as 'Rocket Boy'
by Simon Mansfield
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 19, 2024

Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province - Yan Hongsen, a 10-year-old student from Shaoxing city, has made headlines again in the field of space science. Known as the "rocket boy," Yan is currently in the process of constructing his second solid-fuel rocket, a project that underscores his deep passion for space exploration.

Yan's journey into the limelight began during the summer break of 2022. He caught the public's attention after a video uploaded by his father went viral. In the video, Yan skillfully identified inaccuracies in a rocket's depiction in an educational film at a Lhasa planetarium. The planetarium, acknowledging Yan's keen observation, promptly corrected the mistakes in their presentation.

This early demonstration of Yan's expertise in space science was further bolstered by his encounter with Zhang Yuhua, a prominent figure in China's space exploration efforts. Inspired by Zhang, Yan set his sights on an ambitious goal: building his own rocket. From August 2022 to June 2023, Yan devoted ten months to research, study, and experimentation, culminating in the creation of his first rocket.

However, the journey was not without its challenges. "That rocket only traveled 200 meters and then started to fall, and did not open its parachute at the highest point," recalled Yan's father. Despite the initial setback, Yan's enthusiasm remained undimmed. He meticulously analyzed his first attempt's shortcomings and made substantial modifications in material selection, engine design, and flight control systems for his second build, initiated in October 2023.

Yan's academic commitments have not deterred his rocketry ambitions. His father, recognizing the importance of nurturing such unique interests, believes in giving children the space to pursue their dreams. Yan has set himself the goal of launching a rocket every year until he completes primary school. His aspirations do not stop there; by 2025, he aims to develop a recyclable solid-propellant rocket, a feat aligning with the global trend towards sustainable and reusable space technologies.

Yan's endeavors in rocket building at such a young age are not just a personal achievement but also reflect the growing accessibility and enthusiasm for space science and technology among younger generations. His projects, though ambitious for his age, mirror the advancements in rocket technology, where the focus is increasingly on sustainability and reusability.

As Yan continues to work on his second solid-fuel rocket, his story serves as an inspiration, demonstrating that passion and dedication can lead to remarkable achievements, regardless of age. Yan Hongsen, the 'rocket boy', represents a new generation of space enthusiasts poised to make significant contributions to the field of space exploration and technology.

Based on a Xinhua News Agency article

Related Links
China National Space Agency
The Chinese Space Program - News, Policy and Technology
China News from SinoDaily.com

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters

The following news reports may link to other Space Media Network websites.
China Prepares to Launch Tianzhou 7 Cargo Ship to Tiangong Space Station
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 17, 2024
The China Manned Space Agency recently announced that the Tianzhou 7, the first spacecraft to visit China's Tiangong space station this year, is scheduled for an imminent launch. This event marks a significant step in China's ongoing space endeavors, as Tianzhou 7 is poised to become the 12th spacecraft to rendezvous with the Tiangong station. Equipped for the mission, the Long March 7 carrier rocket has been strategically positioned at its launch service tower in the Wenchang Space Launch Center, ... read more

NASA, Partners to welcome private crew aboard Space Station

SpaceX and ESA collaborate on ISS mission featuring advanced german science experiments

Turkey's first astronaut set to boost Erdogan's ambitions

First European takes off on commercial flight to Space Station

Mexico Set for Space Sector Boost with New National Rocket and Space Center by Merida Aerospace

European crew poised for private mission to International Space Station

Axiom launches third mission to ISS, carrying European space hopes

SpaceX completes second launch Sunday, sends more satellites into orbit

Sols 4066-4070: Cracking Up

Mars Express unveils potential water resource for future Mars missions at equator

Buried water ice at Mars's equator?

So Many Textures, So Little Time: Sols 4070-4072

Yan Hongsen's future dreams as 'Rocket Boy'

China's Tianzhou 7 docks with Tiangong Space Station

China Prepares to Launch Tianzhou 7 Cargo Ship to Tiangong Space Station

Tianzhou 7 mission set to enhance operations at China's Tiangong Space Station

Momentus secures $4M through direct stock offering to institutional investor

Sidus Space Partners with ASPINA for Satellite Technology Demonstration on LizzieSat Mission

AST SpaceMobile Launches $100 Million Stock Offering Amid Strategic Tech Investments

MEASAT Partners with SpaceX as Official Reseller for Starlink Services in Key Markets

NASA's Transition to Commercial Space Networks: A Leap in Wideband Communication

Laser Instrument on NASA's LRO Successfully 'Pings' Indian Moon Lander

Intercontinental team to grow protein crystals in space

ESA advances satellite testing capabilities at Europe's largest thermal vacuum facility

ASU talk will examine ethical questions surrounding life in space

Key moment in the evolution of life on Earth captured in fossils

Study uncovers potential origins of life in ancient hot springs

Earth-sized planet discovered in 'our solar backyard'

New images reveal what Neptune and Uranus really look like

Researchers reveal true colors of Neptune, Uranus

The PI's Perspective: The Long Game

Webb rings in the holidays with the ringed planet Uranus

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters


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.