First Private Chinese Attempt To Launch Satellite Into Orbit Suffers Unspecified Failure

Posted October 31, 2018

The rocket was three stage, meaning it had another two rockets inside to reach outer space, but the company said something went wrong with the second stage.

Video posted by a Chinese news site showed Landspace's 62-foot tall, red-and-white rocket lifting off against clear blue skies, according to the Associated Press.

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The China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSat) was successfully placed into orbit by a Chinese Long March 2C launched from the Jiuquan base in Inner Mongolia on 29th October. Since the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre is in the Gobi Desert, no threat was posed to people by the rocket's failure. The spacecraft was carrying a satellite named "Future" built for state media China Central Television. The statement did say building such rockets is "the right decision for the company".

"Technologically speaking, there are some shortcomings [with the launch]", the company's chief executive Zhang Changwu said.

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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. LandSpace is the first Chinese company to acquire a license to launch any payload into space since the Chinese Communist Party government shifted its stance to allow private firms to develop and utilize launch vehicles and small satellites in 2014. Only the company's dreams of space superpower-dom were harmed.

Recall that in 2018, China plans to launch 40 rockets, including his most powerful at the moment, Changzheng-5.

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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. Additionally, LandSpace is the first privately-funded Chinese company to launch in an orbital mission.