Chinese commercial provider LandSpace launches Weilai-1 on a Zhuque-1 rocket – mission success pending27 Oct 2018, 09:12 UTC
Chinese private company LandSpace launched the solid-fuelled Zhuque-1 orbital launch vehicle on its maiden flight with the small Weilai-1 satellite on October 27, 2018. Launch took place at 08:00 UTC from a mobile platform located on the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. However, the successful deployment of the satellite is yet to be confirmed.
This was the first time that a private Chinese company has attempted to orbit a satellite, which is aimed at opening another door on the future of China in space. It comes during a year where China is aiming to break records, with the latest launch making it 30 for the year so far, with more launches yet to come.
Weilai-1 launch was originally scheduled to take place from the Wenchang Space Launch Center, but was deferred to Jiuquan due to the bad weather conditions expected for the launch day time frame.
The Beijing based LandSpace (Landspace Technology Corporation) was founded in 2015 by Tsinghua University and until now developed the Zhuque-1 solid orbital launcher and the Zhuque-2 liquid orbital launcher. Zhuque (or Vermilion Bird) is one of the four spirits in ancient Chinese mythology.
Previously designated LandSpace-1, the Zhuque-1 is a 1.35 m diameter, three-stage 19-meter-tall ...