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     Chinese space start-ups race to match SpaceX, one tiny rocket at a time
     Chinese space start-ups race to match SpaceX, one tiny rocket at a time
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    Chinese space start-ups race to match SpaceX, one tiny rocket at a time

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    Cena Lau and Viola Zhou
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    Viola Zhou
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    A private Chinese space company has blasted off into the sky.

    Space start-up OneSpace launched its first self-made rocket on Thursday morning.

    The OS-X rocket is a small one – 30 feet long and 7.2 metric tons in weight, compared to SpaceX’s 230-foot rockets.

    It was at least the second such launch this year, after Beijing-based Space Honor tested a small Hyperbola-1S rocket in April.

    China’s state space agency has ambitious plans that include a space station and a manned landing on the moon.

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    But private rocket makers in the country are still far behind their American counterparts. Elon Musk doesn’t have to worry just yet.

    CENA LAU
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    Cena is a motion graphics designer at Inkstone. Previously, he was a visual designer at Oriental Press Group.

    VIOLA ZHOU
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    Viola is a multimedia producer at Inkstone. Previously, she wrote about Chinese politics for the South China Morning Post.

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