Sorry, Elon: Chinese Company Becomes the World’s First to Launch Methane Rocket to Orbit

Landspace, a private space company based in China, successfully launched a methane-fueled rocket into orbit. The rocket, named Zhuque-2, made history by using cleaner, safer rocket fuel that’s better suited for reusability.

Aerospace companies around the world, including SpaceX, Relativity Space, Rocket Lab, and Blue Origin have been looking to use liquid methane to fuel next-gen rockets but have yet to reach orbit. Methane is lauded as the future of rocket fuel since it is considered cleaner, safer and cheaper than liquid hydrogen, kerosene, and other propellants currently used.

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