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China releases incredible satellite footage of suborbital rocket launch

Posted by Dylan Malyasov on

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.

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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