China’s first private satellite-carrying rocket fails after launch

China in space

China in space

The private company in question here is LandSpace, with its Zhuque-1 rocket failing to reach orbit, according to Reuters.

The launch was carried out the day before from the cosmodrome Jiuquan in Gansu province.

Since the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre is in the Gobi Desert, no threat was posed to people by the rocket's failure.

The three-stage rocket, Zhuque-1, was developed by Beijing-based Landspace.

The Beijing based company Landspace developed a carrier rocket to take satellites up to space to orbit the earth.

Landscape said: '[The rocket] separation was normal but something abnormal happened after the second stage'.

"We continue to believe that the creation of the carrier rockets - the right corporate strategy".

China's first privately funded attempt to launch a satellite into Earth's orbit failed during the final stage of its flight on Saturday around 4 a.m. EST, according to a Monday Quartz report.

The Chinese state-run newspaper, The Paper, acknowledged before the launch took place that private Chinese rocket technology is far behind American counterpart, SpaceX. "That's already a great achievement", the statement said. Landspace was founded a year later.

China has been trying to join the independent space race - kick-started by Blue Origin, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic - since 2012, when President Xi Jinping declared that becoming a space flight superpower would be a priority for the country.

It is not clear if the company's failure will have an impact on its plans to launch a taller two stage rocket, Zhuque-2, in 2020.

At least ten Chinese companies are making their own launch rockets.

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