i-Space (Chinese company)

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i-Space
Private
Industryaerospace
Founded2016
Headquarters,
China
ProductsLaunch service provider
Websitewww.i-space.com.cn

i-Space[1] (Chinese: 星际荣耀; pinyin; xīngjì róngyào; literally: "Interstellar Glory"), also known as Space Honor[2] or Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Ltd.[3] is a Chinese private space launch company based in Beijing and founded in October 2016. As of August 2018, i-Space has successfully launched the Hyperbola-1S rocket into space twice on a suborbital flight.[2][4]

Rockets[edit]

Hyperbola-1S[edit]

The Hyperbola-1S, also called SQX-1Z,[5] is a single stage, solid-fueled test rocket. The rocket is 8.4 meters (28 ft) long, with a diameter of 1 meter (3 ft 3 in) and weighs 4.6 tonnes (10,000 lb).

Its first sub-orbital test flight took place in April 2018.[4] Its second flight was a commercial sub-orbital flight launched on 5 September 2018 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert. The sub-orbital flight reached an altitude of 108 kilometres (67 mi) and a peak velocity of over 1,200 metres per second (3,900 ft/s).[6] It carried payloads from private Chinese satellite companies ZeroG Labs and ADA-space. The rocket delivered three CubeSat satellites that subsequently parachuted back to Earth.[7]

Hyperbola-1[edit]

The Hyperbola-1 rocket is under development and aims to lift 300 kg into low-Earth orbit (LEO) by June 2019.[6]

Hyperbola-3[edit]

The Hyperbola-3 rocket is a two-stage, liquid-fueled, reusable rocket that aims to lift 2 tons into LEO by 2021.[6]

Other developments[edit]

In May 2018, i-Space indicated they hoped to eventually develop a reusable sub-orbital spaceplane for space tourism.[5][8][dead link]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "北京星际荣耀空间科技有限公司" [Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Company Ltd.] (in Chinese). i-Space. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Andrew (15 May 2018). "Chinese commercial launch sector nears takeoff with suborbital rocket test". SpaceNews. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ "双曲线一号S [Hyperbola-1S]". Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  4. ^ a b Goh, Deyana (7 September 2018). "Chinese government launch site conducts first 2 commercial launches". Spacetech Asia. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b China's iSpace Successfully Launches SQX-1Z Sub-Orbital Rocket With CubeSats. Spacewatch Global. September 2018.
  6. ^ a b c ""双曲线一号S火箭"首飞成功!星际荣耀近期型谱计划出炉!(The Hyperbola 1-S Rocket Made Its First Flight Successfully! Interstellar Glory releases its future plans)". www.spaceflightfans.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  7. ^ Lei, Zhao (2018-09-05). "Chinese private company launches satellites". China Daily. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  8. ^ "PRODUCT". en.i-space.com.cn. Retrieved 2018-05-30.