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Space startup suits up for new reusable rocket race
    2019-08-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SPACE startup LinkSpace on Saturday completed its third test of a reusable rocket in five months, stepping up the pace in China’s race to develop a technology key to cheap space launches in an expected global boom in satellite deployment.

LinkSpace’s RLV-T5 rocket blasted off in a desert in western Qinghai Province. It flew as high as 300 meters before returning to the launchpad on its own after 50 seconds, said CEO Hu Zhenyu, 26.

The Beijing-based company aims to launch its next-generation RLV-T16 next year that will be capable of reaching an altitude of up to 150 kilometers, Hu said.

China envisions constellations of commercial satellites that can offer services ranging from high-speed Internet for aircraft and rural areas to tracking coal shipments and commuter traffic.

Reliable, low-cost and frequent launches will be key, with recoverable or partially recoverable rockets like the Falcon 9 from Elon Musk’s SpaceX one pathway to eventually affordable satellite deployment missions.

LinkSpace’s test flight Saturday came on the heels of a historic delivery of a satellite into orbit last month by privately owned Chinese firm iSpace.

Beijing-based iSpace said last week that it was also planning to launch a recoverable rocket, in 2021. The reusable design of its next-generation rocket could lead to a predicted cost reduction of 70 percent, iSpace estimated.

LinkSpace previously said it hoped to charge no more than 30 million yuan (US$4.25 million) per reusable launch.(SD-Agencies)

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