China’s First Private Orbital Rocket Launch Fails
Going, going, gone. After the successful two-stage separation of Landscape Tech’s Zhuque-1 rocket during Saturday’s launch, the vehicle failed to deploy the small satellite it was carrying for Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. Admitting technological “shortcomings,” the Beijing-based company said it was still “very encouraged” and pledged to continue with another planned mission in 2020. Once restricted to state-owned enterprises, China’s aerospace industry has seen significant investment in the private sector since 2015, part of a strategy to integrate military and civilian businesses.