Shangdong prepares for space launches

Yantai Port Credit: Martina Li

Shandong, on China’s east coast, may soon become the site of a new port to work as a staging point for sea-based space launches. The new space port, which would be built in Haiyang, was the subject of a strategic co-operation framework agreement signed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, city government of Yantai, and the Shenzhen-headquartered China International Marine Containers Group.

The area has numerous advantages for the project, including being a hot spot for both space research and marine engineering.

Using Yantai’s existing harbours and marine engineering facilities, the project will, on completion, comprise support facilities for sea-based missions and production centres for carrier rockets, satellite equipment, data and software as well as sea-launch platforms.

As part of the initiative, the Yantai Economic and Technological Development Area signed a strategic partnership memorandum with China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp’s Third Academy and Dongfang Electronics, to assist developments in the local space industry.