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China's first lab of space cryogenic propellant technology inaugurated

By Feng Zhonghua and Zhang Xiaoqi (China Military Online)

08:33, December 18, 2012

China's first key national laboratory of space cryogenic propellant technology was officially inaugurated recently in the 63918 troop unit under the General Armaments Department (GAD) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), which will provide effective support for major follow-up aerospace projects including manned lunar landing.

"The key national laboratory of space cryogenic propellant technology is an established project approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China. It's also China's first key national laboratory in the field of cryogenic engineering," the person in charge of the laboratory introduced. The purpose of the laboratory is to accelerate the breakthrough in technological bottleneck of large-scale application of space cryogenic propellant, further master the core technology of cryogenic propellant, and promote its extensive application in various fields of national economy.

\According to the briefing, the laboratory has obtained a number of research results with independent intellectual property rights, which are widely applied in the construction of the new-generation carrier rocket launch sites. The laboratory will focus on the four key researches, namely the mechanism and technology of high-efficient cryogenic liquefaction, theories and methods of cryogenic high-efficient storage, heat transfer and measurement of cryogenic flow, as well as the theory on cryogenic safety and protection technology.

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