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China’s iSpace launches and lands rocket test stage


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China’s iSpace launches and lands rocket test stage


A Chinese commercial rocket company has successfully launched and safely landed a test article on its path to developing a reusable launch vehicle.

Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Ltd., also known as iSpace, launched the Hyperbola-2Y single-stage hopper at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Nov. 2. 

The Hyperbola-2 methane-liquid oxygen reusable verification stage rose to a height of 178 meters during its 51-second flight. It performed a powered descent and soft landing, supported by four landing legs. The 3.35-meter-diameter, 17m-long test stage is powered by a variable thrust Focus-1 engine.

Read More: ➡️ SpaceNews


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