Additive Manufacturing plays pivotal role in Land Space’s ZQ-3 reusable rocket

February 23, 2024

Bright Laser Technologies (BLT) played a pivotal role in the successful recovery test of Land Space’s ZQ-3 VTVL-1 (Courtesy BLT)
Bright Laser Technologies (BLT) played a pivotal role in the successful recovery test of Land Space’s ZQ-3 VTVL-1 (Courtesy BLT)

Additive Manufacturing technology provided by Bright Laser Technologies (BLT), Xi’an, China, has played a pivotal role in the success of recent vertical takeoff and landing tests conducted by Land Space’s ZQ-3 VTVL-1 reusable rocket. The tests proved the viability of Land Space’s design for the recovery of its liquid oxygen-methane rocket’s first stage, which features a number of metal AM components.

Land Space, a private space launch provider based in Beijing, first partnered with BLT in 2019 when it recognised the possibility of metal Additive Manufacturing for the production of rocket components.

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Additive Manufacturing was used to produce a number of components in the rocket, including joint elements, igniter mounts, and the intricate casing section which featured a complex internal cooling structure. These components posed challenges in traditional metal fabrication methods, including prolonged production cycles, difficulties in mould manufacturing, and escalated costs. Leveraging metal Additive Manufacturing capabilities not only streamlined the manufacturing process but also resulted in significant cost savings and reduced development timelines.

Land Space commented, “To better meet the technical demands of our engine, we chose metal 3D printing technology for the production of critical components with exacting quality standards. Recognising BLT as a frontrunner in additive technology solutions, and excelling in metal 3D printing services, equipment, and powders, we decided to cooperate with BLT. BLT played a crucial role in reducing production time, expediting deliveries, and supporting our rapid development iterations. Land Space commends the partnership with BLT and anticipates further collaboration with BLT in aerospace.”

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