Credit: landSpace

Zhuque-2 is the second rocket developed by the Chinese private space launch provider LandSpace. Zhuque-2 is a medium-sized rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane capable of lifting 4,000 kg of payload into a 200 km Low Earth Orbit (LEO), or 2,000 kg of payload into a 500 km Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO). This private rocket will have a liftoff weight of 216 metric tons and use 4 TQ-12 methalox engines on the first stage each with a thrust of 67 metric tonnes. This is the first methane-powered rocket that is used to bring satellites into space. Methane is the primary component of natural gas. As a rocket fuel, it is more efficient, easier to produce and more environmentally friendly than traditional fuels such as refined kerosene. LandSpace was founded in 2015 by Zhang Changwu (from Tsinghua University) and is based in Beijing.


Zhuque-2 Name: Zhuque-2 (ZQ-2)
Manufacturer: Landspace
Height: 48,8 m
Diameter: 3,3 m
Mass: 216 t
  • LEO: 4 t
  • SSO: 1,5 t
Stages: 2
Engines first stage: 4 x TQ-12 (methalox)
Engines second stage: 1 x TQ-12 (methalox)
Cost per launch: ?
Launch sites:
  • Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (China)
First launch: 14/12/2022

Zhuque rockets

Zhuque-2 launch statistics

Images: LandSpace

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This article was published by FutureSpaceFlight founder and chief editor Kris Christiaens. Kris Christiaens has been passionate and fascinated by spaceflight and space exploration all his life and has written hundreds of articles on space projects, the commercial space industry and space missions over the past 20 years for magazines, books and websites. In late 2021, he founded the website FutureSpaceFlight with the goal of promoting new space companies and commercial space projects and compiling news of these start-ups and companies on one website.