To satisfy the rising need for launch in China, Wenchang and Ningbo’s coastal cities are preparing to develop new commercial spaceports. As per reports released Wednesday, the eastern port city of Ningbo in the eastern Zhejiang province has pledged a cumulative expenditure of $3 billion (20 billion yuan) to the establishment of a spaceport at the Xiangshan. It would have the ability to deploy up to 100 missions every year.
The spaceport will span 67 square kilometers, with 35 square kilometers dedicated to launching pads as well as 32 square kilometers dedicated to supporting facilities. The launch location would be on the east coast, at a close latitude to China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center as well as Florida’s Cape Canaveral. According to a paper posted on the website of the Ningbo Free Trade Zone’s Administrative Committee, which is a Zhejiang province engineering firm, received a tender for the building of the launch complex on 1 April.
Following a strategic partnership mechanism agreement which was signed in December by Ningbo municipal government as well as the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, a larger industrial base including research and production, processing, and the satellite data application facilities will be located at Xiangshan’s Ningbo Aerospace Science and Technology Town.
Following a significant rise in launches by China’s conventional space industry and a private space market’s growth in recent years, Ningbo has authorized the proposal. China took 37 years to reach 100 orbital launch attempts, beginning in 1970. As per Xinhua, deployments 101-200 took a period of 7.5 years, while launches 201-300 took about four years.
China deployed 39 satellites in 2020, with CASC, the country’s largest space provider, targeting over 40 in 2021 and other players preparing missions. In the coming years, the nation plans to deploy a 13,000-strong low-Earth orbit satellite internet constellation called Guowang. Various commercial satellite constellations are also being developed for remote sensing, networking, and navigational purposes. The commercial spaceport is intended to service launch companies that have sprung up after the federal government decided to open up parts of the space market to private investment in 2014
Landspace, iSpace, as well as Galactic Energy, are examples of commercial corporations, and spinoffs from the state-owned organizations like the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC). Three inland launch facilities, Taiyuan in the north, Xichang in the southwest, Jiuquan in the northwest, as well as the latest coastal Wenchang center on the southern island of Hainan, are currently operational.https://minernews.io/