China beats Elon Musk’s SpaceX

China beats Elon Musk's SpaceX

Chinese startup Landspace Technology Corp has defeated Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the race of technology. The company launched a methane-fueled rocket.

This development has bolstered the Asian Nation’s goal of challenging the United States as the dominant power in space. The rocket ZQ-2 is launched from the Juiquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gansu province.

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This was the first successful launch after months of failed tests. The attempts failed due to an abnormality in a supplementary second-stage engine. The company started the improvement measures that also proved effective in ground tests.

Methane-fueled rockets

Musk’s SpaceX and other space companies have been developing rockets with methans as fuel, as it can be cleaner and safer than the fuels being used.

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According to Chinese media, “The successful launch by LandSpace provides the Beijing-based company with bragging rights and boosts President Xi Jinping’s strategy to have China challenge the US in the race of dominating space”.

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