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Beijing Tianbing Technology Co., also known as Space Pioneer, experienced a structural failure during a test of its Tianlong-3 rocket, causing the first stage to detach from the launch pad and crash in a hilly area of Gongyi, China.

Despite initial concerns, there were no casualties reported.

The incident resulted in a local fire, which was later extinguished. This incident is unusual, as it involved a rocket under development making an unplanned flight and crashing.

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Space Pioneer is one of several private Chinese rocket makers that have emerged in recent years, focusing on reusable rockets to reduce mission costs.

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Parts of the rocket stage were dispersed within a “safe area,” but it ignited a local fire, according to a statement by the Gongyi emergency management bureau, news agency Reuters reported.

The two-stage Tianlong-3, also known as Sky Dragon 3, is a partly reusable rocket that is being developed by Space Pioneer.

This is not the first such incident in China. However, it is very rare for a rocket under development to make an unplanned flight and crash.

Previously, in April 2023, Space Pioneer launched a kerosene-oxygen rocket, the Tianlong-2, becoming the first private Chinese firm to send a liquid-propellant rocket into space.

(Inputs from Reuters)

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Akhilesh Nagari

Published On:

Jun 30, 2024

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