Newly-developed orbital and suborbital launch vehicles are being readied for test flights at the Jiuquan spaceport as China’s efforts to foster a commercial space sector advance.
A number of China’s emerging rocket companies have secured major funding rounds in recent weeks as competition to reach orbit intensifies.
Chinese private company Landspace is working towards a first launch of its new methane-fueled Zhuque-2 rocket with the construction of launch facilities at Jiuquan.
China’s main space contractor will target more than 40 orbital launches this year, including completion of the Tiangong space station, following 48 successful launches in 2021.
Players in China’s emerging commercial space sector have outlined big plans for rockets, spaceplanes and more for the coming years at a space forum hosted in Wuhan, central China.
A number of Chinese rocket firms are preparing to carry out first hop tests in a bid to develop reusable launch vehicles.
Chinese private firm Landspace is working towards a potential first orbital launch attempt with a methane-fueled launch vehicle later this year.
Chinese firm Landspace has raised $175 million in series C+ round funding for development of its Zhuque-2 methane-liquid oxygen launch vehicles.
A number of Chinese private launch firms for the burgeoning commercial space sector have reported progress in efforts to develop a range of launch vehicles.
Chinese space propulsion startup Space Pioneer has raised $14 million in funding for completing a series of next-generation liquid engines.
Private Chinese launch firm Landspace has raised $71 million in series C round funding for development of a new launcher.
Chinese launch companies are developing new, larger launchers; asteroid mining startup receives angel round funding.
Chinese private launch firm LandSpace has completed assembly of a liquid methane-liquid oxygen rocket engine for its new Zhuque-2 launch vehicle.
Landspace suffered an issue with the third stage of its Zhuque-1 solid launch vehicle Saturday as it bid to become the first Chinese private launch company to reach orbit.
At a news conference on the opening day of the International Astronautical Conference in Bremen, Germany, Landspace said it will launch the Zhuque-1 three-stage solid-propellant rocket near the end of October, with the exact date to be decided.
Chinese private launch vehicle maker OneSpace has secured $43.6 million in Series B financing as the company looks to its first orbital launch near the end of 2018.
Emerging private Chinese company Landspace is set to launch its first rocket into orbit in the final quarter of 2018, carrying a small satellite for a state television company.
Landspace says it has designed a methane- and liquid-oxygen-powered rocket it aims to test launch in 2020.
It is still early days for this emerging sector, but 2018 will be the year that Chinese commercial launch companies begin to take off.