China's Space Program News Thread


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Chinese automobile manufacturer Geely is to launch its own low-orbit satellite network. Seen here are the first two satellites undergoing validation before launch.







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Hyperbola-2's reusable liquid oxygen-methane engine completed a continuously variable thrust test run for 200 sec on Wed, bringing its cumulative test time to over 2,200 sec.

Hyperbola-2 is a reusable rocket currently being developed by a Beijing-based private company called i-Space. It is 28 meters long, has a takeoff weight of 90 tons, and can send a 1.9 ton payload to low-Earth orbit.
The rocket named the Hyperbola-2, will be launched for the first time in 2021. It may make up for China's lack of reusable liquid-propellant rockets.

The Hyperbola-2 was developed by a Beijing-based private rocket developer i-Space. Its primary stage can be reused, reducing more than 70 percent of the rocket production cost, according to Dong Yanmin, the company's vice president of technology.

It will not only meet the growing demand for small and medium-sized satellite launches but also provide emergency and ride-share launches, Dong said.

The 28-meter-long rocket, with a takeoff weight of 90 tonnes, has a lift capability of sending 1.9 tonnes of payload to low-Earth orbit.
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CCP always publishes failures despite what people say. Look at how many Indians troll any and every minor setback and failure by China. So two things proven, CCP doesn't hide trivial things (that's not to say they don't hide things, like any government and organisation, they do) and CCP doesn't censor opinions expressed on their global forums. Maiden flight failure for a rocket based on DF-31/JL-2. No doubt the fault lies somewhere in converting an ICBM/SLBM into a commercial launcher. What was the payload in this KZ-11 launch? It has unimpressive payload limits for commerical considerations. LEO satellite for remote sensing?

KZ series have been running well so far but it's ExPace and kind of pointless if CASIC is state owned. CALT is also state owned. Why split rocket manufacturing up like this if its the same state owned and run organisation? I can see the point for the genuinely more private companies where they are carving out their own business models and culture. CASIC manufactures a lot of ICBMs and missiles and wants to get in on the commercial satellite money train using their military rockets and refurbishing them for commercial applications. Okay maybe that works and helps them improve their efficiency with resources from surplus hopefully but they're just taking contracts out of the mouths of genuinely more private companies. If the CCP wishes to use the private and freemarket model to develop some new ways of organising rocket and space engineering talent a la SpaceX, this is NOT the way to do it.

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China's actual privately run space launch companies: LandSpace, OneSpace, i-Space, LinkSpace. They need work and learning curves to develop. A few of these have developed some neat new rockets and engines with impressive specs and payload capacities. ExPace is just CASIC. If anything ExPace with their Kuaizhou should focus on building ASAT. Leave the commercial stuff for the hungry startups.