Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

China’s private satellite-carrying rocket fails after launch

China’s private satellite-carrying rocket fails after launch

Disconnecting the first and second stages have passed in a regular mode, however, during the disconnection of the third accident, which resulted in the rocket failed to reach orbit. The statement did say building such rockets is "the right decision for the company".

It's also unclear what LandSpace will be doing in the wake of satellite launch attempt, but private companies are said to be playing a larger role in China's ambition to have a world-class space program.

The launch was carried out the day before from the cosmodrome Jiuquan in Gansu province. It was developed as part of a Chinese private spaceflight push that has been ongoing for years, with at least 10 domestic companies vying to enter the marker. ZQ-1 - three-stage rocket with a diameter of 1.35 m and a length of 19 meters.

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An "abnormality" in the third stage of the Zhuque-1 rocket failed to put the CCTV satellite, named "Future", into a sun-synchronous orbit around Earth, according to a Saturday Weibo post from LandSpace, the firm that developed and secured a license to launch the rocket.

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

As such it should be interesting to see if the likes of LandSpace or perhaps OneSpace can be among China's first private space firms to rival that of SpaceX.

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President Xi Jinping said China is planning to become a space flight superpower with a manned space station in orbit by 2022.

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.

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