Beijing (Web Desk): The first attempt by a private Chinese company to send a rocket into space has failed, says media reports.
Beijing-based Landspace said that the first and second stage of its ZQ-1 rocket worked normally but something went wrong with the final of the three-stage rocket.
It was the first three-stage rocket built by a private company in China.
Video posted by a Chinese news site shows the 19-meter- (62-foot-) tall red-and-white rocket lifting off Saturday against clear blue skies.
China's first private-sector commercial launch vehicle, Zhuque-1, developed by Beijing-based private space company LandSpace, failed to send a satellite into orbit after being launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in NW China's Gansu on Sat. No other details are available pic.twitter.com/DOKozEnfX3— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) October 27, 2018
Landspace said that “cowling separation was normal but something abnormal happened after the second stage.” The statement posted on its social media account did not elaborate.