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2 Chinese Firms Successfully Carry Tests Of Reusable Launcher Tech

Two startup private space agencies in China have successfully conducted technology demonstration tests for developing reusable satellite launch vehicles.

The firm, named Space Transportation conducted the test on April 22 in the northwest of China. The test, which was conducted in association with the University of Xiamen, involved the launch of 3700 kg prototype called Jiageng-1.

Meanwhile, Linkspace, another Chinese space startup company carried out a launch and recovery test, following its first RLV-T5 launch and landing tech demonstrator test on March 27.  In this second test, which was carried out on April 19, an8.1-meter tall rocket, weighing 1.5 metric ton (double of the March 27 test) was involved. The test, as per the company reports, achieved a sharper landing accuracy that the first one.

The company has in its pipeline plans to conduct a third test sometime later this year, which will involve sending the craft at an altitude of nearly 1000 meters. The timing of the test will depend upon the completion of the final assembly of the suborbital reusable RLV-T6 vehicle.

China has seen the emergence of a number of private space agencies after the Government decided to throw the small satellite launch sector to the private capital wide open in the year 2014.

These firms in China also get support from a civil-military national integration policy. It helps the transfer of restricted critical technologies that facilitate innovation of dual-use technology. That goes a long way to reduce the cost and enable private sectors to invest in space programs. Companies like OneSpace, iSpave, Landspace have already carried out a series of orbital as well as suborbital attempts to launch respective launch vehicles.

Though all these three companies have seen occasional failures in their attempt to gain supremacy over each other in this competitive environment, there has been a constant development on various sectors of space flight technology of all three.

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