Chinese privately developed rocket fails to reach orbit

Landspace was founded in 2015 and soon aimed to be the first Chinese private company to deliver a satellite into orbit. The company said it was the first private licensed company in China to launch carrier rockets.

Zhuque-1 was carrying a satellite named Future, built for state media China Central Television.

In May, China launched Chongqing Liangjiang Star into space, the first rocket developed by Beijing-based private firm OneSpace Technology.

Since coming to office in 2012, president Xi Jinping has made becoming a “space flight superpower” a priority for the government, which has a goal of sending a permanent manned space station into orbit by around 2022.

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