China's private satellite-carrying rocket fails after launch

Marsha Scott
October 30, 2018

Rival OneSpace test-fired fourth-stage engines for its OS-M rocket earlier this month, SpaceNews wrote, and is planning on launching a payload to orbit by the end of this year after becoming the first private Chinese company to launch a rocket to space in May 2018.

According to a report, it was the first three-stage rocket developed by a Chinese private firm.

Landspace would have been the first first private licensed company to send a rocket into outer space, the South African Times reported.

Since the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre is in the Gobi Desert, no threat was posed to people by the rocket's failure.

The Beijing based company Landspace developed a carrier rocket to take satellites up to space to orbit the earth.

The Beijing-based firm Landscape said in its microblog that the second and third stages of the three-stage spacecraft, Zbhuque-1, failed to reach orbit.

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"We still believe that building rockets is the right strategy", a spokesman for the company said.

The rocket was supposed to deliver the satellite Wali for China Central television.

Zhuque-1 would have been the first private rocket to launch a satellite into orbit in China. "That's already a great achievement", the company said in a statement.

"This final result is not ideal, but we have achieved some of our goals, especially the key steps like the rocket's stages and cowling separation", a spokesman told a press conference at the launch site. "We will carry on with our dream for vast space".

It is not clear if the company's failure will have an impact on its plans to launch a taller two stage rocket, Zhuque-2, in 2020. A Chinese mining company recently tested a missile it had built on its own.

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