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Private Chinese rocket carrying satellite failed to stay on track

31 October 2018

The Zhuque-1 three-stage rocket reportedly launched in the afternoon from a mobile platform at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in northwest China.

While this was a setback for Landspace, it wasn't as dramatic a failure as Interstellar Technologies' attempt to be the first Japanese company to launch a rocket into space in late June, when its MOMO-2 rocket barely got off the launch pad before falling back down and exploding.

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Landspace posted to its Weibo social media account, saying that "cowling separation was normal but something abnormal happened after the second stage", though it did not elaborate further on the subject, according to Reuters and the Associated Press.

China's first attempt to deliver a satellite into orbit around the Earth failed on Saturday, with something going wrong with the Landspace Zhuque-1's third-stage deployment.

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The launch was carried out from the cosmodrome Jiuquan in Gansu province.

"We still believe that building rockets is the right strategy for the company". Many of these companies have already conducted suborbital launches over the past several months. Only the company's dreams of space superpower-dom were harmed. The 19-meter-long rocket, with a diameter of 1.35 meters, has a takeoff weight of 27 tons and a thrust of 45 tons, according to CGTN. The company, Landscape, has been encouraged by the government which provided it with a licence to develop and launch carrier rockets.

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China is the third country in the world (after the United States and Russia) to have a private company capable of independently developing liquid-oxygen/methane engines for its rockets. Additionally, LandSpace is the first privately-funded Chinese company to launch in an orbital mission.

Private Chinese rocket carrying satellite failed to stay on track