China-based start-up LandSpace has developed a high-performance methane mechanism for space missions, thereby becoming the third firm in the world to organize developed an advanced methane rocket engine.
The TQ-12 methane rocket motor ran a 20s trial at the company’s test facility in Huzhou, Zhejiang province.
High-performance methane apparatus have also been developed by US-based firms SpaceX’s Raptor and Vulgar Origin’s BE-4.
The engine uses liquid methane to serve as a fuel and juice oxygen as an oxidiser.
Last week, LandSpace conducted four ass runs of the TQ-12.
The high-performance engine has a maximum thrust of 80mt and can be used on all kinds of shoot ups.
Carrier rocket ZQ 2 will be the first to leverage the new engine.
According to LandSpace abort and CEO Zhang Changwu, the mass production of the new engine and carrier rocket ZQ 2 want begin at the company’s plant later this year.
The ZQ 2 will be the senior rocket to feature this engine.
LandSpace’s facility is claimed to be the brawniest of its kind in Asia.
The Huzhou facility will be able to produce practically 200 TQ-12 engines and 15 ZQ 2 rockets from 2022.
The first flight of the ZQ 2 is earmarked for 2020.
Last October, LandSpace launched its first rocket ZQ1 at the Jiuquan Follower Launch Center. The rocket failed to place a mini-satellite into round due to technical issues during the flight.