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Chinese start-up tests rocket engine

Updated: Dec 24,2017 9:40 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — A Chinese start up successfully tested an engine for its light rocket, which is set to be launched by June 2018.

The test was conducted in a test ground in East China’s Jiangxi province on Dec 22, said Shu Chang, chief executive officer of Beijing-based One Space, on Dec 23.

The engine uses solid propellants and will power the company’s X-series light rockets, Shu said, adding that engineers have finished designing the rocket’s main body and electrical system.

The engine cannot only drive light carrier rockets but also sub-orbital spacecraft, he said.

Founded in 2015, One Space focuses on developing light rockets that can carry small satellites at affordable prices.