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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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    spacenews on "The rise of China’s private space industry".

    http://spacenews.com/analysis-the-ri...pace-industry/

    The Chinese space industry is often misunderstood in the West.

    And no wonder.

    Between the alphabet soup of state-owned enterprises (CASC, CAST, CALT, and CASIC are four different, albeit related companies), the language barrier, and the fact that good information is hard to find, the Chinese market can be maddeningly confusing even for the most seasoned China observers.

    One of the biggest gaps between perception and reality is the idea that Chinese aerospace industry is a handful of huge, state-owned companies that do everything.

    This could not be further from the truth; the number of private Chinese space companies are growing. Often occupying highly niche market segments, China’s private space ventures are making very real technological breakthroughs (or at the very least, catching up with the West increasingly quickly).

    Beijing LandSpace Technology Corporation Limited (LandSpace) is Exhibit A. The privately owned launch vehicle manufacturer founded in 2015 recently completed a 200 million yuan ($35 million) Series B funding round, with this coming around two years after a Series A round of half that amount. All of the company’s funding has come from private (i.e. non-government) sources.

    In addition to the recently completed funding round and customer commitments, the company also took an important step on the technology front with the successful test of Phoenix, 10-ton liquid-oxygen/methane rocket engine.

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    China's commercial companies are also moving into the satellite business.

    http://www.spacetechasia.com/chinas-...road-newspace/

    Last week, Singapore held its annual telecommunications trade show CommunicAsia, which saw satellite communication (satcom) being a prominent part of the event.

    Among the highlights of the show was a panel discussion on China’s satcom market, comprised entirely of Chinese companies.

    Said APT’s Huang, “Originally, according to Chinese regulations, only licensed state-owned enterprises, 100% owned by the government, could engage in space activities. But now, the private sector can [enter the market].”

    As such, China has witnessed a sudden burst of space-related activity in the private sector, especially in the past two years. Of these private sector players, startups working on reusable launchers and small satellites have attracted the greatest attention.

    Besides these startups, large companies are also looking to expand their portfolios by entering the space industry. Their plans include remodelling themselves to become satellite operators, with plans to acquire their first geostationary communication satellites (GEO satellites) and thereby go global.

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    China's commercial company, One Space, successfully tested the 1st stage of its M-series family of rockets.

    http://www.spacetechasia.com/chinese...rbital-rocket/

    On 4 July, One Space, a Chinese NewSpace startup developing low-cost launch vehicles, successfully tested the first stage rocket motor of its M-series family of rockets.

    The success of this test means One Space is on track for the first test launch of OS-M1, the first of its M-series launch vehicles, scheduled for end-2018.

    OS-M1, a four-stage solid propellant rocket, will be 19m long, with a liftoff mass of 20 tonnes. The launch vehicle will be able to carry a maximum payload of 205kg to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and 143kg to the Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

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    China's LandSpace company hopes to challenge SpaceX in the coming years.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1109915.shtml

    China is scheduled to launch its first commercial medium-sized rocket by 2020, which is capable of carrying up to a four-ton payload to low earth orbit (LEO).

    The ZQ-2, powered by liquid methane-liquid oxygen fueled engines, was developed by LandSpace, a private rocket manufacturer based in Beijing.

    At 48.8-meters tall and weighing 216 tons, the ZQ-2's four-ton payload capacity to low earth orbit would rank third in the world in terms of payload, the company said at a press conference on Thursday.

    A future version of the rocket is expected to surpass the SpaceX Falcon 9's payload capacity, according to the company.

    The company owns complete intellectual property rights of the ZQ-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    China's LandSpace company hopes to challenge SpaceX in the coming years.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1109915.shtml
    Well you gotta start somewhere. But this is not a challenge to even today's rocketry standards. SpacedX is already at Falcon Heavy and BFR is in the offing. And the Amazon rocket will be off soon enough. These are beyond dreams, blueprint and even Global Times' rah rah coverage.

    Also, extremely aggressive pricing but no mention of reusability seems odd.

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    More details of Landspace's Zhuque-2 (ZQ-2) rocket and other commercial players in China.

    http://spacenews.com/commercial-chin...ital-launches/

    More immediately, Landspace plans to launch its first LandSpace-1 (LS-1) three-stage solid rocket by September, which will carry a satellite to be used by China Central Television (CCTV), according to state media.

    A successful orbital launch would be a first for a private Chinese company, but in recent months two other startups, OneSpace and i-Space, have launched their own suborbital rockets.

    In May, OneSpace launched its first OS-X series solid rocket, named Chongqing Liangjiang Star, to an altitude of almost 40 kilometers, capturing widespread attention. With less fanfare, iSpace sent its Hyperbola-1S solid rocket above the Karman line from Hainan in April.

    More progress has followed. OneSpace, established in 2015, last week announced it had test fired the first stage rocket motor for its OS-M1, the first of an orbital series of rockets, which is now expected to fly before the end of 2018. The launcher is expected to be able to carry a 205-kilogram payload to 300-kilometer LEO, and 73 kilograms to 800-kilometer SSO.

    Meanwhile iSpace, set up in 2016, stated that it has received financing worth 600 million yuan ($90.6 million) within a year after securing new capital in a Series A funding from investors led by Matrix Partners China, Caixin reported July 2.

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    We just had a launch from a private commercial company on Wednesday, and now it looks like another company will launch tomorrow. One or two more more are planned in the 4th quarter.

    https://gbtimes.com/china-set-for-su...ight-on-friday

    China appears set to launch a Long March rocket to loft an unknown satellite from Tiayuan, north China on Friday, while Jiuquan in the northwest will host the launch of a suborbital rocket belonging to commercial startup OneSpace.
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    "OneSpace successfully launched its second suborbital rocket from a site in the Gobi Desert on Friday"

    https://gbtimes.com/chinese-startup-...-space-program

    Chinese space startup OneSpace successfully launched its second suborbital rocket from a site in the Gobi Desert on Friday, marking a step towards an orbital rocket flight expected before the end of 2018.

    The Chongqing Liangjiang Star rocket lifted off at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at 04:10 UTC (12:10 local), reaching an altitude of around 35 kilometres during a flight of 200 seconds, travelling 169 km, in accordance with requirements from the customer. No information on the payload has been released.

    It follows a suborbital test by another company in the emerging Chinese space launch sector, iSpace, from the same launch centre just two days prior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "OneSpace successfully launched its second suborbital rocket from a site in the Gobi Desert on Friday"
    Now see a viedo of the launch from space!!!

    https://gbtimes.com/amazing-footage-...ideo-satellite

    A Chinese remote sensing satellite has captured stunning footage of a suborbital rocket launch taking place at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert.

    The Jilin-1 satellite was orbiting at around 535 kilometres above the Earth as the OS-X1 rocket lifted off from Jiuquan at 12:10 local time (04:10 UTC) on Friday.

    The video satellite managed to capture the early moments of the 200-second flight, which reached an altitude of around 35 kilometers, showing the solid-fuelled rocket quickly climbing.
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