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    JIUQUAN, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- A private Chinese company sent a suborbital rocket into space at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

    The SQX-1Z was developed by iSpace, a Beijing-based private rocket developer, founded in 2016 with a research center in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province.

    The rocket carried three CubeSats, miniaturized satellites, for two Chinese commercial companies. After entering its preset orbit, the rocket will release two satellites for testing, and the third satellite will be parachuted to Earth, according to a statement by the company.

    After the launch, the SQX-1Z rocket will provide minisatellite and constellation launch services for clients, said Yao Bowen, who works for the company's public relations division.

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    Chinese private company launches satellites
    By Zhao Lei in Jiuquan, Gansu province | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-09-05 13:12 [​IMG]

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    The privately built rocket. [Photo by Chen Xiao/chinadaily.com.cn]
    The Beijing-based private company i-Space used its own carrier rocket to place three satellites into space on Wednesday, marking China's first satellite launch by a privately built rocket.

    The mission, termed by many industry observers as a landmark in the country's space industry, was conducted at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China, which marked the first time that a private rocket blasted off from a government-run space launch site.

    Developed and produced by i-Space, a Beijing space startup founded by a group of senior Chinese rocket scientists, the 9.5-meter SQX-1Z solid-propellant carrier rocket roared into the clear sky at 1 pm from a supporting pad from a large desert. With a diameter of 1.4 m and a maximum design speed of 1.5 kilometers per second, the craft soon touched the sky.

    According to i-Space, the rocket flew for more than 460 seconds and reached 108 kilometers above the ground before releasing three mini satellites. The satellites – one from ZeroG Lab, a privately owned satellite maker in Beijing and two from ADA-Space, a private firm in Chengdu specializing in satellite design and data services, would travel in the sub-orbit for an undisclosed period of time for technological demonstration and would then fall back to the land to be recovered, the company said in a statement.

    Wednesday's launch has been the third time for Chinese private enterprises to carry out space mission and also the second flight by the i-Space rocket family. The company performed its debut launch in April at a research rocket testing site in the island province of Hainan, verifying the design and equipment of the firm's first product, the indigenously developed SQX-1S.


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    Nice and right move!

    China's National Aviation Administration and China Aerospace Technology Corporation can directly sell existing mature technologies to Chinese private space companies. There is no need for Chinese private space companies to redevelop rocket systems.This is very inefficient, and behind the US Space X is NASA's direct support.
     
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