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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "OneSpace of China tests vertical assembly of rocket ahead of debut launch"

    https://gbtimes.com/onespace-of-chin...f-debut-launch
    They now plan their 1st launch end of this month.

    http://english.cctv.com/2018/05/04/A...c9180504.shtml

    While SpaceX is leading the trend of commercial spaceflight in the United States, China's first private rocket producer is quietly preparing for what it calls the first flight of a carrier rocket designed and made completely by a private company from China.

    Shu Chang, founder and chief executive of OneSpace Technology, a privately owned startup in Beijing that develops and builds carrier rockets, said in an exclusive interview that the maiden launch of the company's OS-X0 solid-fuel rocket is set to take place in May at a test field in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

    Engineers at OneSpace have finished most of the testing on the rocket, which was recently transported from the company's manufacturing facility in Beijing to the test field, he said.

    "We designed and made the rocket, including its engine, on our own, and no one has done so before us, so it is fair to call it the first privately developed Chinese rocket," Shu said. "Once the test flights prove successful, the OS-X series will be tasked with performing technological demonstration flights for testing new types of aircraft or spacecraft."

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    They now plan their 1st launch end of this month.

    http://english.cctv.com/2018/05/04/A...c9180504.shtml
    Confirmation the suborbital launch will be on the 21st of this month.

    https://gbtimes.com/chinese-private-...7?cat=business

    Chinese space company OneSpace Technology Co. revealed on Tuesday that they would attempt the first launch of its solid-fuelled OS-X suborbital rocket on May 17, 2018.

    The announcement was made in Chongqing in southwest China, where the company has a major base, with officials stating that preparations for the launch are ongoing at an undisclosed location in Northwest China.

    The launch date announcement follows a vertical assembly test on April 11, using independently developed equipment to transport and erect the rocket, and successful tests of its solid-propellant engine in December.

    The rocket for the May 17 test flight has been Chongqing Liangjiang Star, taken from the company's manufacturing base in the Chongqing Liangjiang New Area, an economic zone named for where the two rivers, Yangtze and Jialing, meet.

    The OS-X is a rocket which uses a solid engine with a thrust of 350 kilonewtons (kN)and has been designed for suborbital flights in order to provide high-altitude research and test services.

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    Since China opened up the space activities to private industry, over 60 private Chinese firms have picked up the challenge.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137175948.htm

    Launching rockets and satellites has long been the preserve of China's state-owned aerospace companies, but private space firms are now popping up hoping to find gold in the space dust.

    A report by Beijing-based investment institution FutureAerospace says more than 60 private Chinese firms have entered the commercial space industry over the past three years, focusing on the production and launch of satellites and rockets.

    Most of the companies are based in Beijing, home to many space experts, as well as Guangdong, Shaanxi and Hubei provinces, where the manufacturing industry is more developed.

    This follows a government policy issued in 2015 to encourage private enterprises in space.

    Analysts say commercial space activity could help lower costs and increase efficiency of space activities, and accelerate the technology development.

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    Another article saying " Chinese commercial launch sector nears takeoff with suborbital rocket test".

    http://spacenews.com/chinese-commerc...l-rocket-test/

    In the early hours of April 5 on Hainan Island, Chinese company Space Honor, or i-Space, successfully sent a single-stage solid-propellant rocket over the Karman line to an altitude of 108 kilometers.

    The low-key test was a step in the development of an orbital 1.4-meter diameter, 20-meter tall Hyperbola-1 rocket, which the company aims to test launch in June 2019 with the capability of sending a 300-kilogram payload into low Earth orbit. Hyperbola-3, expected to debut before the end of 2021, will be capable of lofting two metric tons to LEO.

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    This is a historic day for China's private industry as one of the companies launched a suborbital rocket. None of normal sources reported the launch and I picked it up from CNN.

    http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/16/tech...tup/index.html

    OneSpace, a startup based in Beijing, on Thursday became the country's first private company to launch its own rocket. It said its 9-meter-tall OS-X rocket successfully blasted off from a base in northwestern China.

    The aim of the mission is to collect data for a research project the startup is working on with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, a state-owned company.

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    More information from SpaceDaily.

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ch...ocket_999.html

    A suborbital rocket was launched into space Thursday by a start-up in China's burgeoning commercial aeronautics industry, as private firms snap at the heels of their dominant American rivals.

    OneSpace, the Beijing-based company behind the launch, is one of dozens of Chinese rivals jostling for a slice of the global space industry, estimated to be worth about $339 billion by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and currently dominated by SpaceX and Blue Origin in the US.

    Its nine-metre (30-foot) "Chongqing Liangjiang Star" rocket took off from an undisclosed test field in China's northwest and reached an altitude of 273 kilometres (170 miles) before falling back to Earth, the company said in a statement.

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    Selvaarchi,

    We are all dumber for reading this. SpaceDaily and its associates makes us all dumber.


    The following statement is nonsense:

    "OneSpace, the Beijing-based company behind the launch, is one of dozens of Chinese rivals jostling for a slice of the global space industry, estimated to be worth about $339 billion by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and currently dominated by SpaceX and Blue Origin in the US."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7cscb View Post
    Selvaarchi,

    We are all dumber for reading this. SpaceDaily and its associates makes us all dumber.


    The following statement is nonsense:

    "OneSpace, the Beijing-based company behind the launch, is one of dozens of Chinese rivals jostling for a slice of the global space industry, estimated to be worth about $339 billion by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and currently dominated by SpaceX and Blue Origin in the US."
    Here they are only looking at the commercial sector and not government space agencies.

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    "'China's Elon Musk' ready to take on US space ventures"

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Com...space-ventures

    The Chinese startup that launched the nation's first commercial rocket on Thursday aims to be a major global player in the space launch business.

    Beijing-based OneSpace, led by 32-year-old CEO Shu Chang, sent up the OS-X Chongqing Liangjiang Star from a site in Inner Mongolia at 7:33 a.m. The 9-meter-long, 7.2-ton rocket traveled a total of 273km during the five-minute flight, soaring as high as 38.7km.

    "I hope we can become one of the world's foremost small-satellite launchers," Shu told reporters.

    OneSpace enjoys a notable cost advantage. A rocket launch comes in under $5 million -- less than one-third the international average.

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