Pri­vate com­pany’s rocket puts satel­lites in space

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

A Bei­jing-based pri­vate com­pany used its own car­rier rocket to blast three satel­lites into space on Sept 5, mark­ing China’s first satel­lite launch by a pri­vate en­ter­prise. The mis­sion, ex­pected by many in­dus­try ob­servers to mark a new chap­ter in the coun­try’s space in­dus­try, took place at the Ji­uquan Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter in north­west­ern China. De­vel­oped and pro­duced by i-Space, a Bei­jing-based space startup founded by se­nior Chi­nese rocket sci­en­tists, the 9.5-me­ter SQX-1Z solid-fuel car­rier rocket lifted off at 1 pm. The 1-me­ter-di­am­e­ter car­rier has a max­i­mum speed of 1.6 kilo­me­ters per sec­ond.

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