China’s first national laboratory for aerodynamics has been opened in Sichuan.

The lab, built to advance aerospace research, has been inaugurated in the nation’s effort to build aircraft domestically that weigh over 100t and can transport up to 150 passengers, China View reports.

Science and Technology vice minister Cao Jianlin said that aerodynamics is the foundation of the aerospace industry and national security strategies.

“The need for it grows with China’s development,” Jianlin said.

The State Key Laboratory for Aerodynamics will aim to develop technologies on large planes such as aerodynamic noise and drag reduction and mechanisms to deal with ice freezing.

The lab will also provide technological support for major projects such as the development of wind-driven generators and help tackle key problems related to air motion in the use of wind power.