Dec. 14, 2022, 8:22 a.m. - Dec. 14, 2022, 10:44 a.m.
First flight of the new methalox rocket developed by Chinese startup LandSpace.
Launch failure reported per leaks; awaiting official information.
Zhuque-2 is a medium-sized rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane capable of lifting 6,000 kg of payload into a 200 km low Earth orbit, or 4,000 kg of payload into a 500 km Sun-synchronous orbit.
LandSpace is a Chinese private space launch company based in Beijing. It was founded in 2015 by Tsinghua University alumni Zhang Changwu.WIKI
Chinese launch company Landspace suffered failure Wednesday in what was the world's first attempt to achieve orbit with a methane-fueled rocket.
Landspace is preparing for a test launch of its Zhuque-2 rocket in what could be a marker for the progress being made by Chinese commercial launch companies.
Newly-developed orbital and suborbital launch vehicles are being readied for test flights at the Jiuquan spaceport as China’s efforts to foster a commercial space sector advance.