Two private companies will hold its first orbital launches this year

It seems that China is stepping up the pace of development of its space program, not only at the state level, but also tries to occupy a niche in the sector of private space services. Two start-UPS from China are going to make their first orbital launches during the first half of this year, according to SpaceNews. The success of these launches will contribute to the development of China’s growing private space sector and will allow to impose competition to other private companies offering their services at the conclusion of the compact satellites into orbit.

Beijing Technology OneSpace company, established in 2015, is going to make the first start of his 19-foot booster OS-M at the end of March. It is expected that the four-stage vehicle will be able to bring into space for two shipments, the details of which were not disclosed. At the moment we know that the mass of the load is 205 pounds. He was going to deliver to low-earth orbit, the second, weighing 73 kilograms are going to send into a sun-synchronous orbit (geocentric orbit with parameters such that the object placed upon it, passes over any point on the earth’s surface approximately at the same local solar time).

With the successful launch of this rocket company OneSpace will become the first private Chinese aerospace company, which managed to carry out orbital launch. At the same time, the news source reports that in any case it will not be the first attempt among the Chinese space startups to undertake the first full-fledged space launch. For example, in October of last year, the Chinese startup Landspace spent on his rocket-carrier Zhuque-1, but it had a disappointing third stage of the rocket along with the payload, the compact companion Weila-1 with a mass of 10-30 kilograms, belonging to the Central television of China, crashed in the Indian ocean. Another attempt Landspace is going to take place in 2020. The company wants to launch a larger, more expensive two-stage rocket.

Big plans for 2019

In addition OneSpace big plans for 2019, is building another private space company – iSpace, founded just two years ago. The startup plans to launch its rocket Hyperbola-1 in the first half of the year. A rocket with a height of 20 meters and a diameter of 1.4 m will have to take the 700-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit a payload weighing 150 pounds.

It should be noted that both companies last year conducted a successful suborbital test launches. Start prototype of its easy media Hyperbola-1Z company iSpace carried out on 5 September. He reached an altitude of 108 km. Two days later OneSpace conducted a successful suborbital launch of its solid media OS-X1.

Below you can see footage of the launch of the compact booster OS-X1 obtained multifunctional Chinese satellite remote sensing Jilin-1.

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