The startup LandSpace suffered a setback when the third stage of Zhuque-1 failed. The rocket was designed to bring the "Future" satellite into orbit.
In 2012, President Xi Jinping said that the intention to make China a "super power of space flight" was a government priority, and the country has been trying to follow in the footsteps of giants Blue Origin, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic in the space race.
Since then, and bearing in mind the government's goal of putting a permanent space station into orbit around 2022, dozens of private airspace companies, such as ExPace, LinkSpace, OneSpace and LandSpace, have emerged in China. reach out of orbit. But so far none have succeeded.
The last attempt came on Saturday when a Zhuque-1 rocket, developed by the startup LandSpace, failed to orbit after taking off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Mongolia.
Although he did not come up with much detail on the incident, LandSpace CEO Zhang Changwu confirmed on the company's website that the problem stemmed from a failure in the third stage of the launch. Zhuque-1 was carrying a satellite called "Future" and would be responsible for broadcasting a Cheers Science television series for China's central television (CCTV).
Founded in 2015, LandSpace aims to be the first private Chinese company to put a satellite into orbit. After this failure, the company reinforced that it was the first private space company to obtain license in China for the launching of rockets into space.
The next attempt by the company to conquer the sky will be in 2020, with the launch of Zhuque-2.