Chinese firm makes first successful orbital rocket launch

ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEIJING
Published 25.07.2019 15:15
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a carrier rocket developed by a Chinese private company successfully sends two satellites into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China Thursday, July 25, 2019 (AP Photo)
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a carrier rocket developed by a Chinese private company successfully sends two satellites into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China Thursday, July 25, 2019 (AP Photo)

Chinese state media says a Beijing-based rocket developer has become the country's first private company to successfully complete an orbital launch.

The Xinhua state news agency reported that a carrier rocket sent two satellites into orbit from a satellite center in northwest China on Thursday afternoon.

Xinhua said the SQX-1 Y1, a four-stage small commercial carrier rocket, was developed by the firm i-Space.

China's space program has developed rapidly. When it conducted its first crewed mission in 2003, it became the third country — behind just Russia and the U.S. — to put humans into space using its own technology.

Another Beijing-based firm, Landspace, attempted to deploy a private satellite-carrying rocket last October, but the rocket failed in its third stage.

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