China's LinkSpace Plans To Send
A rocket into space and land it safely in late 2022, three years after the startup's last major test.
The Company Announced May 5 That
It had carried out a static fire test of its Reusable Launch Vehicle T6 (RLV-T6) rocket using new methane-fueled engines at a site in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province.
The Rocket Will Later Be
Transported to Lenghu in the northwestern Chinese province of Qinghai, the site of LinkSpace's earlier tests.
The Team Aims To Launch The
14.5 meters RLV-T6 to an altitude of around 100 Km and land it safely using landing legs and grid fins, similar to SpaceX's Falcon 9.
That Altitude Would
Take the rocket to the Kármán line, one definition of the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space.
The Flight Will Also Involve
High-altitude environment, biological and other experiments, according to a LinkSpace press release (in Chinese).