Guangzhou Daily all-media reporters Dong Yeheng and He Zhuanying

At 6 noon on June 7, at the site of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the Lijian-12 Yao-<> carrier rocket, which was developed by the Institute of Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, participated in the development of China Science and Technology Aerospace Company, and assembled in Nansha, Guangzhou, carried out the final inspection and maintenance work, and stood majestically next to the launch pad, ready to go.

"5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ignition!" At 12:10, with the order of the No. 0 commander, suddenly thick smoke and flames burst out, the rocket soared into the air, like an off-string arrow on the blue sky and white clouds to draw a brilliant curve, gradually disappeared into the sky, this launch mission was successful, "one arrow 26 stars" also set a new record for multiple stars with one arrow in China.

The "Made in Guangzhou" rocket made its debut

Lijiang-1 is China's largest solid launch vehicle. This mission is the second launch of the Lijiang-1 carrier rocket, marking the maturity of the technology and the continuous improvement of the reliability of the Lijiang-1 carrier rocket, which will accelerate the pace of China's commercial launch vehicle flight-based launch.

"The Lijian-1 Yao-2 carrier rocket that carried out this mission is one of the first rockets produced in Nansha, Guangzhou, and adopts an advanced pulsating production mode, which is one-third longer than before. At present, a complete manufacturing service system has been formed, marking that it has officially entered a new stage of mass production, large-scale operation and serial development. Lian Jie, deputy chief of the Lijiang-1 carrier rocket, said.

Since the issuance of the "Overall Plan for Deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Comprehensive Cooperation Facing the World", Nansha has relied on its unique location advantages and resource advantages, and built the "Xinchen Sea" industrial cluster around the strategy of "adhering to industry first and manufacturing strong zone", and the high-quality development trend has been continuously consolidated. Among them, the aerospace industry is an important part of the "morning" in the industrial layout of Nansha's "Xinchen Sea", that is, guided by the strategic emerging industries and future industries that carry the "morning" light and hope for innovative development such as aerospace, artificial intelligence, and biomedicine, and strive to form a "Xinchen Sea" industrial cluster with a total scale of 2025 trillion yuan by 2.

From the official start of construction of the Zhongke Aerospace Flight Science and Technology Industrialization Base in Nansha on September 2020, 9, to the completion and operation of the first domestic commercial aerospace industrialization base with the whole industry chain - Zhongke Aerospace Industrialization Base on January 29, 2023, to the successful launch and launch of the first batch of rockets produced in Nansha today - Lijian-1 Yao-9 carrier rocket, Guangzhou Nansha and Zhongke Aerospace have run out of the "acceleration" of aerospace industry development.

In the future, an annual output of 30 rockets will be achieved here, driving hundreds of billions of upstream and downstream related industrial chains such as aerospace power research and development, satellite research and development and other upstream and downstream related industrial chains in Nansha, and strive to build China's aerospace "third pole" and China's commercial aerospace "first pole".

Why does China Science and Technology Aerospace "love" Guangzhou Nansha? Shi Xiaoning, assistant to the chief engineer of the Lijiang-1 carrier rocket, said that on the one hand, Nansha is located in the geographical geometric center of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and has a unique geographical location; On the other hand, Nansha has strong industrial foundation advantages in artificial intelligence, automatic driving, integrated circuits and other aspects, where Zhongke Aerospace can better cooperate with outstanding enterprises and play a strong role in promoting the commercial aerospace industry to take root in Nansha.

"Manufacturing City" guides the direction

This year's Guangzhou Municipal Government Work Report clearly pointed out that it is necessary to adhere to industry first, manufacturing industry to establish the city, and accelerate the construction of a modern industrial system. This not only lays the foundation for Nansha to vigorously introduce the aerospace industry represented by Zhongke Aerospace, but also provides a way forward for Guangzhou to unswervingly take the road of high-quality development.

In order to better dare to be the first and seize the "new blue ocean" of commercial aerospace industry development on a global scale, Nansha District has specially issued the "Nine Articles of Exploration of the Sky" to support the commercial aerospace industry, providing policy support for Guangdong's first commercial aerospace "unicorn" Zhongke Aerospace, basically forming an industrial development pattern of "one arrow, one satellite, one hospital and one fund", and accelerating the formation of a commercial aerospace industry chain layout integrating carrier launch, satellite development and aerospace applications. At present, Zhongke Aerospace has signed major launch project agreements with 7 partners of the Lijian series of carrier rockets, with 200 satellites signed and a signed amount of 16.<> billion yuan.

In order to vigorously build an industrial ecology and help the commercial aerospace industry take off, on April 4, Guangzhou Industry and Investment Group invested 23 million yuan to lead the C round of financing of Zhongke Aerospace. According to the main person in charge of Guangzhou Industry and Investment Group, this investment will play the role of patient capital and shareholder empowerment in accordance with the long-term thinking of supporting industrial development, take leading enterprises as the traction, and strive to build Guangzhou into an important manufacturing base in the south of commercial aerospace by establishing industrial alliances, strengthening equity cooperation, innovating scientific and technological services, increasing research interaction, and holding industrial forums.