Wednesday, September 23, 2020

China releases incredible satellite footage of suborbital rocket launch

The well-known defense observer has released on its page on Twitter the incredible satellite footage that showing launch of the OneSpace OX-S1 ‘Chongqing Liangjiang Star’ suborbital rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.

On September 7, Chinese space startup OneSpace successfully launched its second suborbital rocket from a site in the Gobi Desert, marking a step towards a suborbital rocket flight expected before the end of 2018.

The Chongqing Liangjiang Star rocket lifted off at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at 04:10 UTC (12:10 local), reaching an altitude of around 35 kilometres during a flight of 200 seconds, travelling 169 km, in accordance with requirements from the customer. No information on the payload has been released.

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All this time, after the launch, they were being watched from space. According to the GBTIMES, the video satellite managed to capture the early moments of the 200-second flight, which reached an altitude of around 35 kilometers, showing the solid-fuelled rocket quickly climbing.

The company aims to establish a large constellation of Earth observation satellites to offer high-resolution imaging, video, multispectral coverage of the ground, providing remote-sensing data support to areas including land resources monitoring, land surveying, mineral resources development, agriculture yield estimation, environmental monitoring, disaster prevention and other areas.

Like OneSpace, the company emerged following a 2014 government decision to allow private investment in space companies.

OneSpace is aiming to launch its first orbital rocket, the OS-M, by the end 2018.

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