Star Glory Launched Successfully! People in the whole private space field rushed to tell each other the heavy news. The media also defined the successful launch as the first of private space flight, which is of great significance. This is the third time that private aerospace enterprises have tried to launch into orbit. At this time, a successful news is urgently needed to stimulate the industry and give investors confidence that the path of private aerospace in China is feasible.
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In April and May, Peng Xiaobo, president of Star Glory, seldom participated in outside business activities. He was busy launching the first Star Glory launch vehicle in June, hyperbola No. 1, which was the third attempt of Chinas private launch vehicle to launch into orbit. The first two Blue Arrows Suzaku I and zero ones OS-M all ended in failure. At this time, whether it is the capitalization or the willingness of the enterprise, the whole industry needs the successful launch of this rocket.
It is understood that the hyperbola-1 Yaoyi launched by Starglory carries two satellites from Space Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. and Beijing University of Technology. It carries three last-stage payloads, namely, CCTV future Nova verification payload, watermelon passenger payload and Star Age-6 payload.
After the separation of the three and four levels was normal, everyone was anxiously waiting for the news of satellite orbiting; 25 minutes later, Guanxuan successfully entered orbit.
Huang Zhicheng, an aerospace expert, told Netease Science and Technology that among many private space launch vehicle enterprises, Star Glory has relatively strong technical force. The founders and technical teams of the company mostly come from Aerospace Science and Technology Group, and the supporting technology is strong. Therefore, this success is not accidental, and this success will enable Star Glory in many rocket companies to get more financing and attention, but also lay the foundation for its follow-up development.
The success of this launch is similar to that of a student who wants to graduate from a university before entering society. Huang Zhicheng thinks.
Star Glory was established in October 2016 and put into operation in August 2017. It mainly provides service solutions for launch vehicle development and launch. In 2018, interstellar glory has completed two sub-orbital rocket occurrences: hyperbolic-1S solid rocket and hyperbolic-1Z solid sub-orbital sounding rocket.
However, sub-orbital rocket technology is relatively difficult, and the market demand is not very large. Therefore, for private launch vehicle enterprises, the target is to develop medium-sized and large-scale rockets with carrying capacity, so that micro-satellites can be transported into near-Earth orbit.
Zhang Qi, vice president of Star Glory Technology, uses a very vivid metaphor to illustrate the difference between suborbital and orbital: if rocket is compared to mountaineering, orbital is just the entrance of the launch vehicle industry, while suborbital is just the step before the entrance, which is used to train the team and accumulate technology.
As a carrier rocket company in commercial space, whether it can put the load into orbit is a test. Liu Shang, Senior Vice President of Dinghui Investment, also believes that Entrance tickets can only be obtained when they are on track.
Private Aerospace Milestone
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At present, there are doubts about whether private rockets can be put into orbit. The success of this launch will undoubtedly inspire private rocket companies and the industry as a whole. Huang Zhicheng said to Netease Science and Technology.
Before launching, in front of the media and audience, Blue Arrow Space CEO Zhang Changwu made a brief speech. He said that when he saw Suzaku I standing in the launch tower, he was full of excitement and even wanted to shed tears. A private enterprise can bring everyone to the national launch base, and the work behind it is arduous.
However, the final outcome is not perfect: the rocket flies normally after launch, the first and second stages work normally, the fairing separation is normal, and the third stage is abnormal.
Afterwards, Zhang Changwu also indicated that rocket launching required national admission qualification, namely three military certificates, and also obtained launch permits from the National Space Administration and the competent authorities of the Central Military Commission. This can also be seen as the governments recognition of private enterprises.
Private space flight failed in two attempts to enter orbit, which made people begin to worry about successive failures, which would frustrate the capital level.
Therefore, the launch of Star Glory has been given a lot of hope.
Statistics show that there are more than 40 enterprises engaged in private rocket track. According to the financing situation, it can be divided into two echelons: the first echelon is to complete several rounds of financing of blue arrow space, zero space, interstellar glory and so on; the second echelon has a late start, business in the early stage of research and development of Star Power, Star Path Exploration, Deep Blue Space, Jiuzhou Cloud Arrow, Smart Flying Sky and other enterprises. (Some enterprises do not publish specific information)
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