China’s OneSpace Plans Second Launch by End of September

OS-M rocket (Credit: OneSpace)

Gbtimes reports that Chinese startup OneSpace plans to launch its second suborbital rocket by the end of the month.

The rocket will be an OS-X1 series suborbital rocket, named Chongqing Liangjiang Star, which has a height of 10.2 m, a diameter of 0.85 m and mass at liftoff of 8.1 metric tonnes. No information on the payload was made available.

The launch will take place at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in a desert region of Northwest China, which became China’s first launch centre when opened in 1958.

The OS-X1 rocket test team, which according to a press release consists of about 20 people with nearly half of which were born in the 1990s, is currently at Jiuquan for assembly of the rocket.

The first OneSpace launch—from a test base in northwest China and claimed to be the first launch of a privately designed Chinese rocket—took place on May 17 this year and saw the OS-X1/Chongqing Liangjiang Star fly for 265 seconds, reaching an altitude of around 40 kilometres and travelling some 273 km.