Guangzhou is attempting to create a Chinese commercial space cluster

Guangzhou is creating a large space cluster in the city by being able to host new ventures, such as Geely Technology Group’s new space head office. According to the local government, Geely, a global automaker that owns Volvo Cars as well as being a subsidiary of Daimler AG, will create a space head office in Nansha district to monitor the production of its satellite as well as communications technology. Geely is building a low-earth orbit constellation for self-driving vehicle navigation, networking, and communications. The organization recently obtained permission to start developing satellites.

The creation comes after the Chinese Academy of Sciences confirmed the creation of an industrial center in Nansha for CAS Space Exploration, a launching company affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Shikong Tansuo, the latest Geely group, will be in charge of Geespace, Xingkong Zhilian, Shanghe Aerospace, and satellite firm SpaceOK, among other Geely space subsidiaries. The agencies also cover satellite processing, land terminals, and satellite service. As a component of a Guangzhou space cluster, Geely satellites are expected to fly on CAS Space rockets. At the time of publication, Geely had not yet responded to Nansha’s announcements.

According to the Nansha government, the aim is to build a maximum manufacturing chain that involves satellites (midstream), rockets (upstream), and downstream applications. The district’s declared aim is to become a big Asian commercial spaceport. China has large national space clusters in Shanghai and Beijing, as well as newer industrial centers in Wuhan, Xi’an, as well as other places.

Geely’s partnership was revealed. On March 30, the Nansha sub-forum of the Guangzhou Annual Investment Conference took place as part of a larger investment of $40.4 billion (264.8 billion yuan) in advanced technology, transportation, financial services, and infrastructure. As per the Guangzhou municipal government, Geely’s latest space headquarters is projected to draw relevant industries to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Greater Bay Area.

CAS Space, dubbed Beijing Zhongke Aerospace Exploration Technology Company, Ltd. in December 2018, is focusing on solid rockets before going on to more advanced liquid propellant launchers. About September, the business plans to fire the ZK-1A solid rocket, which will be capable of carrying 1.5 tons to LEO. At the time of launch, the ZK-1A may be China’s biggest solid orbital rocket in lieu of payload size.

Meanwhile, on April 2, CAS Space successfully conducted a 23-kilogram vertical launch as well as a vertical landing demonstrator for potential sea-based launch and landings. The transition is part of a larger effort to create a line of recyclable ZK launch vehicles. With a three-core rocket configuration, the ZK launchers range from about one metric ton to about LEO, as well as up to 15 tonnes. According to one official, both reusability’s, as well as sea launch and recoverability, are projected to result in significant cost savings.

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