(Yicai Global) Jan. 16 -- Landspace Technology Corp., a Chinese commercial company operating in space industry, announced that it will supply rocket launch services to a Danish company in 2018. The move marks the first order of commercial rocket launch services from international market undertaken by Chinese private enterprises.
Landspace Technology Corporation and Danish company GomSpace jointly held a joint press conference in Hangzhou in China's eastern province of Zheijiang on Jan. 13 to announce their cooperation in the field of rocket launch services.
Under the deal, the Beijing-based Chinese company will use the "LandSpace-1" rocket launcher to launch GomSpace's cubesats, miniaturized satellites for space research, in 2018.
The company's CEO Zhang Changwu told Yicai Global that it boasts core capabilities such as designing the body structure system, control system and separation system of rocket launchers and related single-machine equipment, as well as conditions and capabilities of assembly, test, research and development of rocket launchers.
GomSpace has a reputation as an international developer of microsatellites and has provided microsatellites and related services to US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on several occasions.
"We chose Landspace not mainly for prices. The service prices offered by Landspace are fine. But we do believe in their technical superiority. We got to know and communicated with their technical team years ago. We trust their capability," Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace, said in an interview with Yicai Global.
LandSpace is a private enterprise incorporated in 2015. Its CEO Zhang Changwu said during a public occasion last year that the goal of the company entering the field of commercial rocket launcher is to make small commercial rockets entry into a substantive stage of industrialization possible. "We are open to serve as a bridge between China and the global aerospace industry," he said.