HELSINKI- A private Space Launch Company from China dubbed iSpace has been able to raise $173 million in series B corpulent financing to support the development of a novel series of launch cars and recyclable metal ox engines. iSpace reported that the corpulent funding was steered by CICC Alpha, Beijing Financial Street Capital Operation Center, citic Securities, Taizhonghe Capital, and others, including the current stakeholders.
The close to 1.2 billion Yuan of money will be used in the Hyperbola development, a series of launch vehicles, renewable liquid oxygen methane engines, as well as the production and talent groups training. iSpace, also referred to as Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Ltd, became the initial nominally private Chinese firm to initiate a satellite into the orbit in July 2019.
The firm’s Hyperbola-1 four-stage concrete spaceship of 20.8 meters launched two satellites into the low Earth orbit after launching a national Launch center, Jiuquan. The firm is currently making its more giant Hyperbola-2 liquid oxygen-methane launcher with a height of 28 meters tall and a diameter of 3.35 meters. Hyperbola-2 will feature an initial renewable stage with a capacity of vertical landing.
The 15-ton thrust JD-1 engine of the launcher finished a May 200-second fire test. The engine was successful in a secondary fright test on May 27, flagging the way for the forthcoming vertical launch, and vertical landing trials. JD-1 engines will energize the recyclable Hyperbola-2 metal ox launch capable of carrying over 1,100 payload kilograms into a 500-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit 800 kilograms after the initial stage is to be reused and recovered.
iSpace anticipates carrying out a 100-kilometer vertical launch and landing trials with the Hyhperbola-2 initial stage in the next year. The full orbital flight is set to be conducted before the end of the year 2021. Landspace, a domestic contender, is also creating a methalox send-off vehicle, and Zhuque is also scheduled to have its initial launch in the year 2021. Both Zhugue-2 and Hyperbola-2 launch cars are anticipated to initiate from a specifically-built launch station near Jiuquan.
iSpace, which was founded in 2016, is proposing additional launches of its concrete Hyperbola-1 spaceship and is also developing more giant launchers, incorporating Hyperbola-3 that features different initial stages as side thrusters. A recyclable space plane idea has also been brought by iSpace. iSpace had lastly raised more than $100 million in series A funding.