I-Space (Chinese company)

Summary

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

i-Space[1] (Chinese: 星际荣耀; pinyin: xīngjì róngyào; lit.: 'Interstellar Glory'), also known as Space Honor,[2] Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Ltd.,[citation needed] Interstellar Glory[3] or StarCraft Glory[4] is a Chinese private space launch company based in Beijing and founded in October 2016. As of July 2019, i-Space has successfully launched the Hyperbola-1S and Hyberbola-1Z rockets into space on a suborbital flight[2][5] and reached low Earth orbit with Hyperbola-1.[6]

The company develops solid fuel small satellite orbital launchers. The main components of the company's rockets, e.g. solid propellant engines, are outsourced and produced by the CASC.[4]

Rockets

Suborbital rockets: Hyperbola-1S and Hyberbola-1Z

The Hyperbola-1S (also called SQX-1S),[7] and the Hyperbola-1Z (also called SQX-1Z),[8] are single stage, solid-fueled suborbital test rockets. The Hyperbola-1S 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). The Hyperbola-1Z rocket has a diameter of 4.6 feet (about 1.4 meters), maximum design speed of 3,580 mph (1.6 km/s) and can reach altitude of 109 miles (175 kilometers).[7]

The first sub-orbital test flight of Hyperbola-1S took place from Hainan island[9] on 5 April 2018[5][4] to an altitude of 108 kilometers.

The second flight of i-Space was a commercial sub-orbital flight launched on 5 September 2018 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert, using the Hyperbola-1Z rocket. 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).[10] It carried payloads from private Chinese satellite companies ZeroG Labs and ADA-space. The rocket delivered three CubeSat satellites one of which subsequently parachuted back to Earth.[11]

Hyperbola-1

The Hyperbola-1 (aka Shuang Quxian-1, SQX-1) (Chinese: 双曲线一号) rocket is 20.8 meters tall, 1.4 meters in diameter and weighs 31 metric tons. It consists of four all solid fuel stages, guided by liquid attitude control engines.[12] It can launch 300 kg into low-Earth orbit (LEO).[10] The rocket might be based on Chinese military missiles (perhaps DF-11 or DF-15).[13][14] The launch price is reported around $5 million.[15]

Its successful maiden flight was on July 25, 2019 05:00 UTC from Jiuquan.[6][13] It launched from a movable supporting platform.[15] It placed numerous payloads,[16] among them the CAS-7B[17] amateur radio satellite, into orbit 300 km above Earth. CAS-7B decayed from orbit 6 August.[18] It was the first Chinese private company to achieve orbit (orbital launches of other private companies before had failed).[14]

The 1st stage is equipped with grid fins.[19]

Hyperbola-2

The Hyperbola-2 (Chinese: 双曲线二号) rocket is a two-stage, liquid-fueled, reusable rocket to lift 1.9 tons into LEO. It uses liquid oxygen and methane as fuel. The first stage is expected to land propulsively in order to be reused.[19] The JD-1 engine made its first hot fire test in May 2020.[20]

Other developments

In May 2018, i-Space indicated they hoped to eventually develop a reusable sub-orbital spaceplane (Chinese: 亚轨道概念飞行器) for space tourism.[8][21][dead link]

See also

References

  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 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Andrew (15 May 2018). "Chinese commercial launch sector nears takeoff with suborbital rocket test". SpaceNews. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ https://spacenews.com/chinese-private-firm-onespace-fails-with-first-orbital-launch-attempt/
  4. ^ a b c "StarCraft Glory - Hyperbola". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b Goh, Deyana (7 September 2018). "Chinese government launch site conducts first 2 commercial launches". Spacetech Asia. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b "A private Chinese space firm successfully launched a rocket into orbit". 25 July 2019.
  7. ^ a b Nowakowski, Tomasz (6 September 2018). "Chinese startup launches three CubeSats into space". SpaceFlight Insider. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b Sheldon, John (6 September 2018). "China's iSpace Successfully Launches SQX-1Z Sub-Orbital Rocket With CubeSats". SpaceWatch.Global. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  9. ^ Palec, Phenny Lynn (7 May 2019). "China's iSpace Attempts Private Orbital Launch In June". Business Times. Archived from the original on 1 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  10. ^ a b ""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). Archived from the original on 8 April 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  11. ^ Lei, Zhao (5 September 2018). "Chinese private company launches satellites". China Daily. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Hyperbola-1 (Hyperbola-1)". iSpace. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Shian Quxian-1 (SQX-1, Hyperbola-1)". Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  14. ^ a b Clark, Stephen (25 July 2019). "Chinese private company reaches orbit for first time". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  15. ^ a b https://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/DesignerEdgeArticles/ArticleID/19431/Chinese-Private-Sector-Company-Launches-a-History-Making-Rocket.aspx
  16. ^ https://www.seradata.com/chinese-commercial-launch-firm-ispace-launches-cubesats-on-its-hyperbola-1-rocket/
  17. ^ "CAS-7B to launch July 25". AMSAT-UK. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  18. ^ "CAS 7B". N2YO.com. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  19. ^ a b entry on i-Space website
  20. ^ Jones, Andrew (5 June 2020). "Chinese private launch firms advance with methane engines, launch preparations and new funding". SpaceNews. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  21. ^ "PRODUCT". en.i-space.com.cn. Retrieved 30 May 2018.