TECH China successfully launches private commercial carrier rocket

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China successfully launches private commercial carrier rocket

Xinhua

13:57, July 25, 2019

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(Photos: People's Daily app)

JIUQUAN, July 25 (Xinhua) -- A carrier rocket developed by a Chinese private company successfully sent two satellites into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.

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The SQX-1 Y1, developed by a Beijing-based private rocket developer i-Space, is a four-stage small commercial carrier rocket.

The rocket's body has a maximum diameter of 1.4 meters, length of 20.8 meters and takeoff weight of 31 tonnes. It has a lift capability of sending 260 kg of payload to 500 km high sun-synchronous orbit.

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