BEIJING – A private Chinese firm on Thursday carried out the nation’s first launch of a commercial rocket that can put payload into the low-Earth orbit, local media reported.
The OS-X Chongqing Liangjiang Star blasted off from a test site in northern China at 7:33 a.m. local time, the Chinese Central Television said. It followed a ballistic trajectory for 306 seconds.
Earlier, senior Chinese rocket designer Long Lehao of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology revealed that China was developing its first medium-lift space rocket with a reusable first stage that could see its trial launch as early as 2020.
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