China has successfully launched the Chang’e-5 space mission to collect lunar samples, making it the third country in the world to make such an attempt.
At 11:02 on Thursday, the Kuaizhou-1A Carrier Rocket named “Kuaizhou • Fuqiangfu” (rich, strong and blessed in Chinese) was launched at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
A 15-tonne oxygen rich methane-fueled rocket engine by Chinese aerospace manufacturer iSpace completed a long-range 500-second test in Beijing on December 25.
Chinese carrier rocket Long March-5 Y3 is set to be launched this week and has been transported to the launch area, Wenchang Space Launch Center, Hainan this past Saturday.
LandSpace, a Beijing-based private space launch company founded by Tsinghua University, completed its Series C round of financing to the tune of $71 million.
LandSpace conducted a long-range trial of the variable thrust on its liquid oxygen methane engine TQ-12, which can be used for the recovery of reusable rockets, on October 26.
GalaxySpace, a private Chinese satellite constellation provider, has finished another round of financing led by JIC Technology Investment on September 16.
Chinese private space startup LinkSpace completed its third test of a reusable rocket in Qinghai province on Aug. 10, pushing China one step further in the reusable rocket industry as well as affordable space launches.