When the media around the world have eyes only for SpaceX, Chinese space companies are fighting mercilessly to conquer space … and the orders of the satellites. Since 2014 and the opening to competition in the Chinese space market (under strict state control), private space companies have multiplied. The two giants of the sector are iSpace and Galactic Energy, but there are also some smaller players positioned mainly in the light product market (LandSpace, OneSpace or even LinkSpace). The results of the first missile tests remain inconsistent for the time being (success for Ceres-1 and Hyperbola-1, failures for OS-M1 and Zhuque-1).
On November 7th, Galactic Energy managed to put its Ceres-1 rocket into low orbit. This mission ended with the deployment of the Tianq-11 satellite. Prior to this test, only iSpace’s Hyperbola 1 launcher had entered orbit (July 2019). Ceres-1 is a 30 ton light launcher with a 350kg payload for low orbit missions. Galactic Energy doesn’t want to stop there: The Pallas-1 launcher, a beautiful baby weighing 300 tons (for 4 tons of cargo), will launch in 2022 … and should return to land vertically like rockets from SpaceX.
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