This week’s launch updates provide an illustration of the ways in which the launch sector is rapidly expanding, and testify of the broadening and deepening of China’s industrial base in the launch sector.
Beyond confirming its long-standing partnership with CGSTL, Expace’s successful Kuaizhou-1A launch may mark the imminent beginning of the company’s batch production of rockets at its launch vehicle manufacturing facility, built at CASIC’s Wuhan National Aerospace Industrial Base, and with a manufacturing capability of ~20 rockets per year. Moving forward, Expace also plans to batch manufacture KZ-11 rockets which are considerably larger.
Rocket Pi’s announcement of its purchase of a rocket engine from JZYJ, a well-established engine manufacturer, may also be revealing of a developing trend of outsourcing the development of engines for newer launch companies. Other companies are also performing outsourcing of engines, including CAS Space, sourcing engines from fellow CAS company XAPT and, Linkspace which had previously announced a collaboration with JZYJ for engines.
Both pieces of news also confirm that nowadays, Chinese commercial space companies are developed enough to be each other’s customers. Another instance is the recently announced cooperation between Tianren Daohe and Space Transportation, whereby the former may be providing heat-resistant components to the latter. Such complementarity between Chinese commercial space companies can create positive synergies, potentially leading to even more exponential growth in the near future.