By Jin Lu
The Shenzhou XIV mission, China's ninth manned spaceflight, launched on morning of June 5^th from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern Gobi Desert. Ningbo's manufacturing enterprises supplied several components on the Shenzhou XIV spacecraft.
One of these components is the alloy material used in the spaceship's communication system, developed by Ningbo Boway Alloy Material Co Ltd. Founded in 1993, Boway is a leading producer of advanced copper alloys in China. Its independently-developed aerospace alloy materials represent a major technological breakthrough in China. On the Shenzhou XIV spacecraft, Boway's materials help to achieve the required conductivity and communication stability in the harsh environment of outer space.
Ceramic seal rings manufactured by Ningbo FLK Technology Co Ltd are also used as key components of the spacecraft. FLK specializes in the development of ceramic materials and has obtained 20 invention patents. This time, FLK's products are used in the cooling system of Shenzhou XVI's radars, which are a critical part of any spacecraft's navigation system. The 500-mm diameter ceramic seal rings produced by FLK have already been deployed in large-scale radio telescopes of the Chinese Deep Space Network; now, they are being installed on Shenzhou's radars for telemetry, tracking, and control.
Ningbo's aerospace industry has been developing rapidly in recent years. The Ningbo Aerospace Intelligent Technology City, an aerospace industrial park, currently hosts 26 advanced manufacturing projects in satellite manufacturing, satellite TT&C (telemetry, tracking, and control) and aerospace auxiliary equipment. In 2021, the combined tax contribution of these companies surpassed 1.28 billion yuan ($196.92 million).
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